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Historic Reenactors:  chat with the heroes, rock stars & neighbors

    who fashioned our world.


Claartje Moockers: wife of Adrian Post - first congregants of the church in 1656.  In turbulent times she took her sick husband's place, found herself caught between Gov. Stuyvesant and the Lenape Chiefs - all while raising a family.

Voorlzer Hendrick Kroesen, started our Baptismal Book in 1696.

Loyalist American Soldier - sign the Loyalty Oath -- or else!

Joshua Mersereau:  Washington's first spy, friend of Ryerss, lawyer, "A Father of American Intelligence"

Phoebe Hand:  Mother of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt. 

                           She taught him everything he knew about business

Daniel Tompkins:  VP to James Monroe, Governor of NY who outlawed slavery, business mentor to the young Cornelius Vanderbilt.  He personally financed the War of 1812 NY Militia

Site Tours:  remarkable architecture

 & one of NYC's ten oldest cemeteries

Our Annex was designed by a close associate of Harry Houdini.   


Genealogy Desk:  look for your ancestors.

Leaf through a facsimile of our baptismal book 1696-1790

See Staten Island's first families-

and perhaps discover yours.


Interactive Exhibits

Scavenger Hunt         Raffles            50/50     


Period Photo Booth   Activity Area for Kids


. . . and much more. 

Kick back in our version of the site where the British first read the Declaration of Independence.

Rose & Crown Tavern

food * beverages * libations



featuring colonial beers

Our event got its name when 

Daniel J. Watts, 

original "Hamilton" cast member,

and seven-time Broadway performer,

treated us to three original raps. 


It was his first trip to Staten Island.


When Watts found out that Aaron Burr

had died across the street

he was amazed,




Yes Daniel, it's crazy

 -- that so much of Dutch

Staten Island history, is untold!!!

Image from August 9, 2018  Projectivity Gala.

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This event is made possible in part by a DCA Premier Grant  from Staten Island Arts,

with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs