7. Old Richmond Town in Staten Island

Old Richmond Town, a small historic area in Staten Island, is an area that preserves the rich history of borough, including a structure that is considered the oldest elementary school in the United States. The town dates back to the 17th century and was the county seat until 1898. The area was first designated in the 1930s to counter a fear of a losing the history of the neighborhood. You’ll find actors dressed in period costume among the site’s 28 buildings which include a courthouse and Voorlezer’s House, the elementary school.