Dyckman Farmhouse Museum has been a New York City Landmark
since July 12, 1967. The museum is presently operated by the
City of New York/Parks & Recreation and the Historic House
I visited recently for the first time since childhood. Located
on the corner 204th Street and Broadway high enough above
the ground is this museum. Within are 2 floors and a sublevel
where you'll find the Relic Room. During your trip to this
museum you'll find old photographs showing you what the area
looked like long ago as well as well maintained rooms for
you to look at.
My favorite room happened to be the North Bedchamber which
at the time of the Dyckman's residence in this house was the
master bedroom. It's my favorite because of its rustic feel
with fireplace and other items within. Although you'll not
allowed to actually enter the rooms, there are displayed explanations
at the entrance to each detailing what life was like so long
ago and the uses of the items you'll see. You'll learn about:
why a stove was a better form of heat in lieu of the fireplace;
how bedchambers had multiple purposes such as: for sleeping;
the place for newborn babies and their mothers to spend weeks
with rest and convalescence; and how they were used as sick
rooms to nurse an invalid experiencing a long illness.
Outside the house are things to look over as well. One of
which is the Hessian Hut, a reconstructed hut military hut.
Again, you'll find a sign nearby explaining its history.
Built in the early 1780's, the Dyckman Farmhouse is so named
after the Dyckman Family who resided at this historic site
until the 1850s. It was in the 1870s that the farmhouse was
sold and became a hotel for a brief period of time. As would
and has happened with many other Historical Sites the property
fell under disrepair in the early 20th Century.
By the early 20th century, the house had fallen into disrepair.
Developers, interested in capitalizing on rising real estate
prices due to the IRT subway line's extension to northern
Manhattan, wanted to purchase the house and surrounding lots
in 1915. As numerous historic structures in Manhattan had
already been torn down, many people thought it was important
to preserve the Dyckman Farmhouse for future generations of
New Yorkers. Mary Alice Dyckman Dean and Fannie Fredericka
Dyckman Welch, daughters of the last Dyckman child to grow
up in this house, bought the property and gave it to the City
of New York in 1916. An adjacent parcel to the northwest was
donated to the City by the Dyckman Institute in 1943, increasing
the park's area to its present size.
The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum has been open to the public
since 1916. It was designated a New York City Landmark on
July 12, 1967. The museum is presently operated by the City
of New York/Parks & Recreation and the Historic House Trust
Educational Programs for students are available at the Dyckman
Farmhouse Museum. "Programs at the Dyckman Farmhouse
offer classes studying U.S. history, colonial times, neighborhoods,
communities and families an in-depth look at the elements
of pre-industrial life."
Please contact the museum or consult their website for additional
information regarding the programs offered. Naturally, reservations
are required and one adult per 10 students in a group/class.
Also, $1 per student is requested and $2 per student for craft
Located at: 4881 Broadway at 204th Street in Northern Manhattan
site for updated info regarding hours and such.
Visitors are welcomed
in for self guided tours during regular museum hours.
Wednesday - Saturday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
12:00 - 4:00 pm
Closed Mon & Tue
Getting There by Subway: A, 1 or
9 trains to Dyckman St. will leave you at a reasonable walking