STATEN ISLAND, NY – In historic Richmond this Saturday, life returns to the unspoiled village – just like the good old days. The annual Old Home Day event returns after a year-long hiatus due to COVID.
On October 9, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., historical performers will dress in period costumes to re-enact colonial times in Richmond County. To illustrate, Guyon-Lac-Tysen’s kitchen will once again produce yeast breads and soups. The apples will be pressed for the fresh cider. Trained traders and artisans from the Staten Island Historical Society will perform such work throughout the day intended to highlight some of New York’s living history.
Tickets cost $ 12 per guest. They can be purchased online in advance or at the gate of the Third County Courthouse. Food can be purchased at Egger’s Ice Cream Parlor and the new cafe, Main Street Coffee. Located in former Bennett’s, the family-run store serves acai bowls, smoothies, waffles, pastries, and a variety of toast with fresh avocado.
Other features of Old Home Day include a blacksmith shop, tinsmith, candle making, and basketry showcase.
For the first time since 2019, the Job Printing store will be open for demonstrations. Visitors can explore the printing press which is over 200 years old.
And new to the Old Home Day program is broom making. It will be ongoing at the Kruser-Finley House.
A treasure hunt in the museum is planned for the youngest to learn about the 19th century folk toys that are part of the collection of the Historical Society.
Live music with the venerable band Stout will be offered on the porch of the general store. Other attractions include locally sourced honey on display, Baybayin calligraphy work, Staten Island spinners and weavers, 19th century tailoring, doll making, blacksmiths at Brooklyn’s Nazz Forge and a presentation of cricket by the Staten Island Cricket Club.
“Strange Visions” will be hosted by Chris O’Brien, 2021 Richmond Town Artist-in-Residence – a multimedia artist, educator and independent researcher. “Strange Visions” is explained by HistoricRichmondTown.org as “a series of community-driven stories of events and individuals who have lived on the island, from the pre-contact era and beyond, to create alternate realities and speculative fictions within Staten’s Island Past O’Brien is part of The Barger Privy, a community-driven programming and exhibition series.
The Richmond Town Museum is normally open Friday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Proof of vaccination is required for the building.
The historic city of Richmond is located at 441 Clarke Ave., Richmond. The Historical Society can be reached at 718-351-1611 and [email protected]