Tag Archives: Local History

Dyckman Farmhouse: Back Porch History with Don Rice

Back Porch History: A History of the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum
September 21st at 6PM

Gather on the back porch at DFM as Board President and local historian, Don Rice, pulls together everything we know about this fascinating and historic structure! Attendees will hear about the unique story of the farmhouse, including the people and places that have played an important role in DFM’s history.

Historia en el Porche Trasero: Historia del Dyckman Farmhouse Museum
21 de septiembre a las 6PM

La Increíble Historia de Dyckman Farmhouse reúne todo lo que conocemos sobre esta histórica y fascinante estructura. Usando fuentes primarias como documentos, mapas e imágenes raramente vistas trazaremos la historia de la casa más antigua de Inwood e incluso trataremos de hacer algunas predicciones sobre su futuro.

Dyckman Farmhouse: New York Adventure Club Tour and Reception

New York Adventure Club Tour and Reception
July 8th at 4:30PM
If you were to take a time machine back to 18th-century Manhattan, you would come across lush forests, rolling hills, an abundance of wildlife, and small Dutch family farms scattered throughout the countryside. While most of that rural beauty has vanished thanks to 300 years of industrialization, one lone farmhouse has stood the test of time, still in its original plot on bustling Broadway. It’s time to explore this important piece of New York history after the doors close to the public.
Join New York Adventure Club for an after-hours tour & wine reception at the Dyckman Farmhouse — built in 1784, this Dutch Colonial style farmhouse is the last remaining one of its kind in Manhattan.


Tour y recepción del New York Adventure Club
8 de julio a las 4:30 pm
Si viajaras en una máquina del tiempo al Manhattan del siglo XVIII, te encontrarías con frondosos bosques, colinas ondulantes, abundante vida silvestre y pequeñas granjas de familias holandesas esparcidas por todo el campo. Si bien la mayor parte de esa belleza rural se ha desvanecido gracias a 300 años de industrialización, una granja solitaria ha resistido la prueba del tiempo, aún en su lugar original en la bulliciosa Broadway. Es hora de explorar esta importante pieza de la historia de Nueva York a puerta cerrada.
Únete al New York Adventure Club para un recorrido nocturno y una recepción en el Museo Dyckman Farmhouse, construido en 1784; esta granja de estilo colonial holandés es la última que queda de su tipo en Manhattan.

Lost Inwood: Boathouse Days at Tubby Hook, 1930s


—Boathouse Days at Tubby Hook, 1930s–


Lost Inwood Presents: “Boathouse Days”:

Summer is nearly here. This month at LOST INWOOD we’ll stay cool with an encore of our most requested program: Richard Roberts’ fabulous Hudson River/Tubby Hook home movies from the 1930s. They’ve been a perennial favorite at history night since their first showing in 2009.

If you don’t know the story, Roberts grew up in one of the boathouses at the foot of Dyckman Street on the site now occupied by The Hudson restaurant. These digitized 16mm reels, combined with Roberts’ inimitable, hilarious narration, bring to life the vibrant boating and riverfront scene that Tubby Hook was in the 1930s.

And since we’re talking riverfront, we’ll also re-discover the forgotten story of the other boathouses that once lined this Uptown stretch of the Hudson River

So please join us – Tuesday June 6 at 7:30PM at the INWOOD FARM.

Reservations are recommended.

Word Up RECIRCULATION: The Great New York Fire of 1776

Join us for a reading & presentation with local resident & professor Benjamin L. Carp on his latest book The Great New York Fire of 1776: A Lost Story of the American Revolution about the mysterious cause of the fire that burned down much of New York City shortly after the British took the city during the Revolutionary War.

This event is a $5 suggested donation ticket with 50 max attendees. Please register in advance.

In compliance with Word Up Community Safety guidelines, all attendees for this event must remain masked at all times.

Recirculation, a project of Word Up Community Bookshop, is located at 876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.) in Washington Heights, NYC. You can take the 1 train to 157th St., A/C train to 163rd St., and the M4 and M5 to Broadway and 159/160th.

Who set the mysterious fire that burned down much of New York City shortly after the British took the city during the Revolutionary War?

New York City, the strategic center of the Revolutionary War, was the most important place in North America in 1776. That summer, an unruly rebel army under George Washington repeatedly threatened to burn the city rather than let the British take it. Shortly after the Crown’s forces took New York City, much of it mysteriously burned to the ground.

This is the first book to fully explore the Great Fire of 1776 and why its origins remained a mystery even after the British investigated it in 1776 and 1783. Uncovering stories of espionage, terror, and radicalism, Benjamin L. Carp paints a vivid picture of the chaos, passions, and unresolved tragedies that define a historical moment we usually associate with “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Benjamin L. Carp, a resident of Washington Heights, is the Daniel M. Lyons Professor of American History at Brooklyn College and affiliated faculty in the history program at the Graduate Center of the City University of the New York (CUNY). He specializes in the history of the American Revolution and the eighteenth century, particularly in the seaport cities of eastern North America. In addition to books and academic articles, Carp has written for BBC History, Colonial Williamsburg, The Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. He received a B.A. in history from Yale University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia.

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Morris-Jumel – Virtual Parlor Chat: Espionage and Enslavement

Join historian and author Claire Bellerjeau in a discussion about the incredible life of an enslaved Black woman from New York named Elizabeth, or Liss. Liss was enslaved by the Townsend family of Oyster Bay, Long Island, whose son, Robert Townsend (aka “Culper, Jr.”), was George Washington’s lead spy in Manhattan during the Revolutionary War. As the Culper Spy Ring used secret codes and invisible ink to smuggle vital information to Washington, evidence suggests Liss may also have engaged in intelligence gathering for the Patriot cause. Liss’ complex struggle for freedom sheds new light on the lives of thousands of other forgotten African Americans during the founding era.

Bellerjeau’s ongoing research began 18 years ago, as she scoured archives from Long Island and New York City to South Carolina, Michigan, Canada, and Connecticut. Newly digitized newspapers from the 18th and early 19th centuries provided a trail of breadcrumbs that helped to illuminate the lives of many of those connected to the narrative. As her research progressed, Liss’ incredible life, once hidden from view, came into sharper focus.
Bellerjeau’s work and the book she co-authored, Espionage and Enslavement in the Revolution: The True Story of Robert Townsend & Elizabeth, tie into Morris-Jumel Mansion’s mission of sharing stories previously excluded from historical narratives. To receive the link for this event, please register on Eventbrite.