Staten Island Day Trip
Saturday, June 23, 2018
$150 per person
Celebrate early summer and join us for an exploration of historic and cultural sites on Staten Island, New York.
New York City’s most southern and “forgotten” borough was purchased by the Dutch in 1630 from the Munsee Indians and named after the Dutch Staten-Generaal (or “States General”), the highest governing legislative body in the Netherlands. Today, Staten Island is home to some of the city’s most historic buildings, with landmarks dating back to the 17th century.
Our full and exciting day will include visits to:
Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden which has a collection of architecturally significant 19th-century buildings set in an 83-acre park on the island’s north shore. Originally known as Sailors’ Snug Harbor, the site was developed at the bequest of Robert Richard Randall, a Revolutionary War solider and heir to a shipping fortune, as the country’s first home for retired merchant seamen.
Historic Richmond Town, which also serves as the Staten Island Historical Society, is a historic town and farm museum complex with more than 30 buildings and sites dating from the late 17th– to the early 20th-centuries. Here the group will break for a picnic lunch and have time to roam the historic town.
Conference House, circa 1680, was the site for the 1776 failed peace conference attended by John Adams, Lord Howe and Benjamin Franklin which attempted to end the Revolutionary War. Though heavily deteriorated in the 1920s, the house became the first house museum on Staten Island. In 1925, a local group of preservationists oversaw the complete restoration of the house ensuring its lasting place in the canon of American history.
The day ends with a private tour and drinks reception at Seguine Mansion, a striking Greek Revival house built in 1838 by Joseph H. Seguine, a successful local businessman. The waterfront mansion is one of the few surviving 19th-century mansions on Staten Island and is noted for having retained its original grandeur with a character and setting reminiscent of an antebellum mansion of the deep South. The house was on the brink of demolition before its current resident, George Burke, purchased the property in 1981 and restored the house to its former splendor.
Registration: The cost is $150 per person which includes travel on Staten Island*, entrance fees, tours, picnic lunch, and a drinks reception. Space is limited. Register online, or by sending a check payable to “American Friends of Attingham” to 205 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1600, New York, NY 10016. Registration closes June 19th.
*Please note that all participants will be responsible for their own transportation to Staten Island where the bus will depart from the St George Ferry Terminal at 8:30 a.m. It is strongly recommended for those coming from Manhattan to take the 8:00 a.m. Staten Island ferry from Whitehall Terminal (Battery Park) – travel time on the ferry is approximately 25 minutes.
Itinerary is in formation and subject to change.
Images from left: Snug Harbor, Conference House, Seguine Mansion