Weeksville Heritage Center

  • NY


1698 Bergen Street
United States

About Us

Weeksville Heritage Center documents and preserves the history of the free and intentional 19th century African American community of Weeksville. The Hunterfly Road Houses, dating from 1840 – 1880s, are original domestic structures of the historic community. WHC provides innovative programs that engage audiences of all ages with 19th century history through modern and relevant applications. We offer group tours of the historic homes and arts based workshops for grades 2-12 as well as professional development opportunities throughout the year.

Our soon to be open 19,000 square foot Education and Cultural Arts Building will serve as an orientation area and provide more space for the professional staff, exhibitions, performances and community programs. The building will help Weeksville achieve its vision to be a cultural nexus rooted in preservation and African American history – one that offers socially conscious programming that responds to the needs and interests of visitors and neighborhood residents.

Mission Statement

To document, preserve and interpret the history of free African American communities in Weeksville, Brooklyn and beyond and to create and inspire innovative, contemporary uses of African American history through education, the arts, and civic engagement.

Vision Statement

Weeksville Heritage Center is a premiere cultural institution rooted in the preservation of African American history offering innovative, socially conscious learning experiences in history, art, environment and technology. We are a catalyst for change based on the legacy of the historic Weeksville residents who created a thriving community modeling entrepreneurship, self-sufficiency and creativity.