Historic House Trust Festival Events : October 11-13, 2013

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Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 13, 2013

More than two dozen historic NYC locales open their doors offering special events and tours.

October 11

Special Evening Tour of Gracie Mansion and Treats

at Gracie Mansion (in Carl Schurz Park), Manhattan

5:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Tours of this 1799 country house, which has been the official residence to New York City mayors since 1942, are usually not offered in the evenings, making this a special treat for people…
Free!

October 12

Kings County Second Annual Fiber Festival

at Washington Park (in J.J. Byrne Playground), Brooklyn

10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
The Kings County Fiber Festival includes crocheters, dyers, rug makers, felters, knitters, quilters, spinners, and weavers, as well as artists creating design works that incorporate fiber…
Free!

October 12

Edgar Allen Poe Cottage House Tour: Mealtime in Poe’s Era

at Edgar Allen Poe Cottage (in Poe Park), Bronx

10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
With his ailing wife Virginia confined to her bed and his writing consuming his rare free moments, how did Edgar Allan Poe make sure that his family was well fed?  On your tour of Poe…
Free!

October 12

Valentine-Varian House Tour: Foodway of the Past

at Valentine-Varian House (in Valentine Varian House), Bronx

10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Come experience what 18th century Bronx residents feasted on in this food-based tour of the Valentine-Varian House.  Learn about how our Bronx forebears grew, prepared, and consumed…
Free!

October 12

Free Admission to the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage

at Edgar Allen Poe Cottage (in Poe Park), Bronx

10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
This year, the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage will participate in Openhouse NY and Historic House Trust Festival. The museum will offer free admission on Saturday, October 12 from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00…
Free!

October 12

Free Admission to the Museum of Bronx History

at Valentine-Varian House (in Valentine Varian House), Bronx

10:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
This year, the Museum of Bronx History will participate in Openhouse NY and Historic House Trust Festival. The museum will offer free admission on Saturday, October 12 from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00…
Free!

October 12

Special Tour: From the Cellar to the Attic

at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum (in Fidler-Wyckoff House Park), Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Take this rare opportunity to see the attic of a 17th century Dutch colonial dwelling, featuring original timbers.  Get a sneak peek at the 18th century root cellar,  where…
Free!

October 12

A Conversation with General George Washington

at Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx

11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Come visit and speak to George Washington as he gives you a tour of the Van Cortlandt House Museum.  Learn about his visits to what was then Lower-Yonkers in Westchester County.…
Free!

October 12

The “Clear Comfort” Tea Room Tour

at Alice Austen House Museum (in Alice Austen Park), Staten Island

11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Enjoy your afternoon with some tea and biscuits while learning about one of America’s earliest and most profilic photographers by touring her historic home.  The tours will focus…
Free!

October 12

Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm Stand

at Decker Farm, Staten Island

11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Visit the historic 1800s Decker Farm and enjoy a guided tour through the 1810 farmhouse and a hayride.  Purchase a pumpkin to bring home.  Free shuttle bus service from the…

October 12

The Legacy of Seguine Mansion: Special Tour

at Seguine Mansion, Staten Island

11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Discover the beauty of Seguine Mansion, which overlooks Prince’s Bay.  Learn about the family’s oyster harvesting business and the significance of the estate in Staten…
Free!

October 12

Historic House Trust Festival and OpenHouseNY Weekend at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx

12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Come explore the splendor of a 19th century Greek Revival mansion. There will be guided tours by costumed docents each hour at qa uarter past the hour.
Free!

October 12

Bones Tour of an Old Dutch Farmhouse

at Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
One of 14 farmhouses from King County’s Dutch settlement period, Lefferts Historic House was built by Pieter Lefferts around 1783. His son John Later supervised a Federal style…
Free!

October 12

Special Performance and Backstage Tour: Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure

at Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park), Manhattan

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
City Parks Foundation is reserving 20 free seats to each 1:00 p.m. performance of “Hansel & Gretel’s Halloween Adventure.”  There will be a backstage tour and…
Free!

Best For
Kids

October 12

Preservation and Progress Tour of the Bowne House

at Bowne House (in Margaret I. Carman Green – Weeping Beech), Queens

1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Get a first-hand look and progress update of the renovation at Flushing’s own Bowne House.  Built in 1661, the John Bowne House is an amalgam of New World Dutch and English…
Free!

October 12

Free Guided Tours: From the Constitution to the Civil War

at King Manor Museum (in Rufus King Park), Queens

1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Come visit the home of an outspoken opponent of slavery for a free guided tour. The last tour begins at 4:30 p.m. This event is part of the Historic House Trust of New York City’s…
Free!

October 12

Journey Through Queens History: Tour the Homestead & the Queens Historical Society

at Kingsland Homestead, Queens

1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Built in 1785, Kingsland Homestead is now the home of the Queens Historical Society.  Tour the Kingsland Homestead and visit the gift shop to find out more about historic Queens.…

October 12

Tour of Jacob Tysen House (Presented by Historic Richmond Town)

at Judge Jacob Tysen House, Staten Island

1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Judge Jacob Tysen House was built in 1835.  The tall portico with fluted columns and composite capitals makes an impreessive statement of the Greek Revival style.  In the…
Free!

October 12

Tour of Voorlezer’s House

at Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island

1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tour the Voorlezer’s House, the oldest wooden school house in North America, built by the Dutch Reformed Congregation, the buidling also served as a church and a home for the teacher or…
Free!

October 12

Farmer-Led Tours

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park), Queens

2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of Queens County Farm Museum’s 30 acres, led by one of their farmers.  Maximum amount of people per tour is 50. This is event is part of OpenHouseNewYork Weekend…
Free!

October 12

Glass Painting Demonstration with Cristina Cipriani

at Lewis H. Latimer House (in Lewis H Latimer House), Queens

2:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Come and see the free art demonstrations for children and young adults by Cristina Cipriani, in the Latimer House’s fall garden. This event is part of the Historic House Trust of…
Free!

October 12

“Hello Hyacinth”: A Reading By Amanda DeLalla

at Conference House Museum (in Conference House Park), Staten Island

3:00 p.m.
Based on the 90s Britcom Keeping Up Appearances , “Hello Hyacinth” centers on “a day in the life” of British wannabe socialite Hyacinth Bucket, her henpecked husband,…
Free!

October 12

High Time for Low Tea

at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx

4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Enjoy a true Victorian low tea in the Orangerie served by docents in period dress. Learn about low versus high tea, tea history, and etiquette, all while delighting in delicious,…

October 13

Special Tour: From the Cellar to the Attic

at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum (in Fidler-Wyckoff House Park), Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Take this rare opportunity to see the attic of a 17th century Dutch colonial dwelling, featuring original timbers.  Get a sneak peek at the 18th century root cellar,  where…
Free!

October 13

Historical Tea Tasting Series: Preparing the Proper “Cuppa”

at Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park), Manhattan

11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Three workshops to increase your basic understanding of tea, tea and food pairings, and proper preparation.  Join us for this delightful afternoon of tea and scones while attendees…

October 13

The “Clear Comfort” Tea Room Tour

at Alice Austen House Museum (in Alice Austen Park), Staten Island

11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Enjoy your afternoon with some tea and biscuits while learning about one of America’s earliest and most profilic photographers by touring her historic home.  The tours will focus…
Free!

October 13

Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm Stand

at Decker Farm, Staten Island

11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Visit the historic 1800s Decker Farm and enjoy a guided tour through the 1810 farmhouse and a hayride.  Purchase a pumpkin to bring home.  Free shuttle bus service from the…

Best For
Kids

October 13

Historic House Trust Festival and OpenHouseNY Weekend at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx

12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Come explore the splendor of a 19th century Greek Revival mansion. There will be guided tours by costumed docents each hour at qa uarter past the hour.
Free!

October 13

Bones Tour of an Old Dutch Farmhouse

at Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
One of 14 farmhouses from King County’s Dutch settlement period, Lefferts Historic House was built by Pieter Lefferts around 1783. His son John Later supervised a Federal style…
Free!

October 13

Mealtime in Poe’s Era: Free House Tours

at Edgar Allen Poe Cottage (in Poe Park), Bronx

1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
With his ailing wife Virginia confined to her bed and his writing consuming his rare free moments, how did Edgar Allan Poe make sure that his family was well fed?  On your tour of Poe…
Free!

October 13

Valentine-Varian House Tour: Foodways of the Past

at Valentine-Varian House (in Valentine Varian House), Bronx

1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Come experience what 18th century Bronx residents feasted on this food-based tour of the Valentine-Varian House.  Learn about how our Bronx forebears grew, prepared, and consumed…
Free!

October 13

Special Performance and Backstage Tour: Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure

at Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park), Manhattan

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
City Parks Foundation is reserving 20 free seats to each 1:00 p.m. performance of “Hansel & Gretel’s Halloween Adventure.”  There will be a backstage tour and…
Free!

Best For
Kids

October 13

Free Guided Tours: From Constitution to the Civil War

at King Manor Museum (in Rufus King Park), Queens

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Come visit the home of this outspoken opponent of slavery.  There will be free guided tours of King Manor Museum.  The last tour begins at 2:00 p.m. This event is part of the…
Free!

October 13

Journey Through Queens History: Tour the Homestead & the Queens Historical Society

at Kingsland Homestead, Queens

1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Built in 1785, Kingsland Homestead is now the home of the Queens Historical Society.  Tour the Kingsland Homestead and visit the gift shop to find out more about historic Queens.…

October 13

Tour of Jacob Tysen House (Presented by Historic Richmond Town)

at Judge Jacob Tysen House, Staten Island

1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Judge Jacob Tysen House was built in 1835.  The tall portico with fluted columns and composite capitals makes an impreessive statement of the Greek Revival style.  In the…
Free!

October 13

Tour of Voorlezer’s House

at Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island

1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tour the Voorlezer’s House, the oldest wooden school house in North America, built by the Dutch Reformed Congregation, the buidling also served as a church and a home for the teacher or…
Free!

October 13

Free Admission to the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage

at Edgar Allen Poe Cottage (in Poe Park), Bronx

1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
This year, the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage will participate in Openhouse NY and Historic House Trust Festival. The museum will offer free admission on Saturday, October 12 from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00…
Free!

October 13

Farmer-Led Tours of Queens County Farm Museum

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park), Queens

2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of Queens County Farm Museum’s 30 acres, led by one of their farmers.  Maximum amount of people per tour is 50. This is event is part of OpenHouseNewYork Weekend…
Free!

October 13

Glass Painting Demonstration with Cristina Cipriani

at Lewis H. Latimer House (in Lewis H Latimer House), Queens

2:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Come and see the free art demonstrations for children and young adults by Cristina Cipriani, in the Latimer House’s fall garden. This event is part of the Historic House Trust of…
Free!

October 13

Talking about History: The History of Cider-making in New York

at King Manor Museum (in Rufus King Park), Queens

3:00 p.m.
This lecture will be presented by Andy Brennan of Aaron Burr Cidery. Cider was a popular and important beverage in America from colonial days to the mid-19th century. Safer than…
Free!

October 13

Ninety Years of Fashion History, 1890-1980

at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx

4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Join us for the scoop on what the fashionable wore from 1890 to 1980 by Bard Graduate scholar Sarah Pickman. Sarah’s focus on fashion history and anthropology, her work in the Textile…
Free!