Historic Houses on the Dutch Heritage Trail

Historic Houses on the Dutch Heritage Trail

Ever wonder how different cultures leave their mark on NYC? In this program, Matthew Coody, Director of External Affairs at the Historic House Trust of NYC, will guide attendees along a virtual heritage trail that explores the lasting impact of the Dutch colonists on NYC’s architecture

  • Explore a chamber of Dutch secrets at Van Cortlandt House Museum in The Bronx, where a room curated in the early 20th century tells the story of a 17th century family in the New Netherland colony.
  • The reconstructed Old Stone House passes as a Dutch farmhouse from 1699, but in reality it’s much younger. Dig into this site’s interesting saga, and its connection to a noted “power broker” and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • Where do a Princess of Holland, a Dutch brickmaker, and a local real estate magnate intersect? Delve into the fascinating tale of the basement floor in Staten Island’s Conference House, which we couldn’t make up if we tried. 
  • How did NYC’s Hell Gate get its name? We’ll explore some theories dating back to 1614. 
  • See inside the oldest surviving building in New York State, Brooklyn’s Wyckoff Farmhouse. 

About the event:

Ever wonder how different cultures leave their mark on NYC? Scattered across the five boroughs, NYC’s historic house museums tell the story of those who built our great city, including the Dutch colonists who established New Netherland. In this program, Matthew Coody, Director of External Affairs at the Historic House Trust of NYC, will guide attendees along a virtual heritage trail that explores the lasting impact of the Dutch colonists on NYC’s architecture and interiors, from New York State’s oldest existing structure to unexpected ties to the Netherlands that persist into the 20th century. Along the way, history and culture will come alive as we explore the odd, interesting, and ever-present remnants of Dutch-American cultural heritage, hiding in plain sight and waiting to be unearthed.

About the Speaker

Matthew Coody is the Director of External Affairs at the Historic House Trust of NYC

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