Historic Houses in NYC
by Annie Bergen, 04/23/2013
Photo: Melissa Branfman
Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum
Fidler-Wyckoff House Park, 5816 Clarendon Rd., 718-629-5400, East Flatbush, Brooklyn
It's hard to imagine the busy East Flatbush section of Brooklyn of today as the fertile farmland it was in the 17th century, but the Wyckoff Farmhouse is there to serve as a reminder. Built circa 1652, it's the oldest house in New York City and a microcosm of Dutch colonial life. Pieter Claesen arrived in New Netherland and worked his way up from an illiterate farmhand to a wealthy farmer and magistrate. He and his wife raised 11 children in the tiny one-room house, which was handed down to generations of family members. Nowadays, the farmhouse is a museum that can be accessed only by guided tour. During school programs or special public programs, kids can enjoy hands-on activities such as butter churning and crafts while learning about colonial life.
Don't Miss: the 17th-century room where you can see the original wattle-and-daub construction featuring mud and straw with corncobs that were used for insulation.
December 7, 12–4pm
Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas Day)
Learn about Sinterklaas, the Dutch holiday figure who evolved into the American Santa Claus. Dressed in bishop’s robes, he will arrive on horseback to greet children. The afternoon will also include holiday songs, food and crafts.