Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum , Brooklyn NY
The Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum centers around the Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House, the oldest structure in New York City as well as New York City’s first designated Landmark and a National Historical Landmark. The Museum’s mission is to educate visitors about the diverse peoples of Brooklyn’s Colonial farms.
Begun in 1652, the Wyckoff Farmhouse is the only structure in the City surviving from the period of Dutch rule prior to 1664. The Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum presents the full range of Brooklyn’s agrarian history and culture to the public, from its Colonial origins through 19th-century immigration to the urban development of the 20th century. The Museum’s public and education programs integrate performing and visual arts with the presentation of humanities content.
The Museum hosts over 5,000 school children annually and sponsors a year-round calendar of free public events featuring performers and folk arts interpreters as well as an organic Community Demonstration Garden staffed by local high school students with the goal of educating visitors and the local community about sustainable living and food supply issues.