History

The Old Stone House Brooklyn

The Old Stone House Brooklyn

Kid-friendly and communal, The Old Stone House breaks the House Museum mold. This historic structure keeps it real. There’s no pretension and nothing’s precious.

Green-Wood Cemetery -Brooklyn

Green-Wood Cemetery -Brooklyn

The first time I visited Green-Wood Cemetery, I fell in love. It’s a Brooklyn Historical Marvel. Not only a place to honor death, there’s a lot to do and even more to learn.

Van Cortlandt House Museum – Bronx

Van Cortlandt House Museum – Bronx

The Bronx holds no greater surprise than the exquisite Van Cortlandt House Museum. It’s an elegant estate – like a cake topper for the big city below.

Lewis Latimer House Museum

Lewis Latimer House Museum

Lewis Latimer made history many times. From improving the lightbulb to helping Alexander Graham Bell, he’s a hero of invention and ingenuity.

Dyckman Farmhouse Museum

Dyckman Farmhouse Museum

New Yorkers know the name Dyckman. But many aren’t aware that this notoriety started with Dyckman Farmhouse. Luckily, it endures as a vital, engaging museum in Upper Manhattan.

The Met Cloisters – NYC

The Met Cloisters – NYC

The Met Cloisters graces Upper Manhattan with art, peace, and quiet. Not a religious place, it still feels like a spiritual sanctuary. That’s thanks to the calming spaces and extraordinary art collection.

The Lott House – Brooklyn

The Lott House – Brooklyn

The Henrick I. Lott House makes the long trek into Deep South Brooklyn well worthwhile. This 1719 home itself makes history.

Lefferts Family Farmhouse

Lefferts Family Farmhouse

The Lefferts family continue to influence Brooklyn today. That’s thanks to their family storyteller, Gertrude. Her books and stories give us a better picture of Brooklyn history

The Immigrants Sculpture – Luis Sanguino

The Immigrants Sculpture – Luis Sanguino

The Immigrants sculpture celebrates and portrays desperate longing all at once. It’s only steps across a path from Castle Clinton in Battery Park.

Fraunces Tavern Museum Thrills

Fraunces Tavern Museum Thrills

American History resonates throughout Fraunces Tavern. Sons of Liberty plotted our Revolutionary War. Then at its end, George Washington bid his troops farewell here.

Alice Austen House Museum

Alice Austen House Museum

Iconoclast Alice Austen captured her world with a keen photographer’s eye. Ahead of her time, Austen started taking pictures at only ten years old. Lucky for us, she never stopped.

See Liberty: Mother of Exiles on HBO

See Liberty: Mother of Exiles on HBO

Of course, not everybody can come to NYC for Lady Liberty. But we can all see this statue. That’s thanks to a new documentary, Liberty: Mother of Exiles

Veterans Memorials in Battery Park NYC

Veterans Memorials in Battery Park NYC

Veterans Day only comes once a year. But memorials are with us every day. In fact, Battery Park in lower Manhattan teems with veterans memorials.

Conference House Museum – Staten Island

Conference House Museum – Staten Island

Conference House is a treasure trove for history lovers. Its parlor set stage for a Revolutionary War treaty that Ben Franklin and John Adams both attended.

Your Little Red Lighthouse

Your Little Red Lighthouse

‪The Little Red Lighthouse, a 40 foot wonder, saved lives along the Hudson River. In the 1800s, the river teamed with boats doing New York City business.

Pompeii Body Casts

Pompeii Body Casts

If the concept of Pompeii creeps you out, you should still go. We’ve all heard the tragic story of Pompeii. But misconceptions are prevalent.

Philipsburg Manor – Sleepy Hollow, NY

Philipsburg Manor – Sleepy Hollow, NY

Philipsburg Manor nestles beautifully in historic Sleepy Hollow, New York. It lies about a half hour train ride outside upper Manhattan. This landmark estate tour isn’t like the others.

Merchant’s House Museum

Merchant’s House Museum

Imagine capturing a hundred years in a townhouse time capsule. That’s what it’s like at the Merchant’s House Museum, thanks to Gertrude Tredwell.

La Basilica de la Sagrada Familia – Barcelona

La Basilica de la Sagrada Familia – Barcelona

La Basilica de la Sagrada Familia represents the culmination of Antoni Gaudi’s mastery. This glorious church lives and breathes. It’s a sacred place, even for a heathen like me.

National American Indian Museum

National American Indian Museum

The Smithsonian American Indian Museum in NYC stays open 365 days a year with free admission. Its iconic marble statues depict four continents as women.

Castle Clinton & SeaGlass Carousel – NYC

Castle Clinton & SeaGlass Carousel – NYC

Castle Clinton and Seaglass Carousel are tourist magnets in Battery Park. Downtown Manhattan packs streets with historic landmarks and history lessons. But these two iconic destinations are the most popular. For good reason. They have the best stories.