Van Cortlandt House Museum

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Since 1896, Van Cortlandt House Museum has been under the stewardship of The National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York through a license agreement with the City of New York. The Society is responsible for preserving and restoring the interiors, providing and caring for the collections, offering educational opportunities to school children throughout New York City, and assuring that the doors to Van Cortlandt House are open to visitors 6 days a week all year round.

Confused about what day of the week it is? We've got you covered. The Dutch tall case musical clock in our collection ha...
03/26/2020

Confused about what day of the week it is? We've got you covered. The Dutch tall case musical clock in our collection has a day of the week indicator, month too.

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A digital version of Susan Kittredge Osgood's manuscript book of embroidery patterns for whitework is now available on o...
03/25/2020

A digital version of Susan Kittredge Osgood's manuscript book of embroidery patterns for whitework is now available on our website. Even if you don't embroider is has great inspiration to freshen up your doodling while on a conference call. Lots of dots and squiggles. 😅

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Some things haven't changed much in 187 years,  "London is not half so good a place as New York".  Henry D. White procla...
03/25/2020

Some things haven't changed much in 187 years, "London is not half so good a place as New York". Henry D. White proclaims it to be so in a letter to his Cousin Gus, Augustus Van Cortlandt (born Augustus White) in a letter following what was clearly a very jolly visit at The Yonkers. (Full text in comments.)

Don't you agree?

Van Cortlandt House is pretty from all sides. This is the south front, generally considered the facade or main entrance....
03/25/2020

Van Cortlandt House is pretty from all sides. This is the south front, generally considered the facade or main entrance. A new look at an old map shows that the east side, shown in the previous photo, was also prominently featured and had a pair of ornamental gate posts and shrub lined path to the door.

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The days are getting longer. Van Cortlandt House even looks good reflected in a puddle.  #puddlephotography #puddlegram ...
03/24/2020

The days are getting longer. Van Cortlandt House even looks good reflected in a puddle. #puddlephotography #puddlegram #nscda #nscdny #historichousecrush #reflection #endofday #sunset #goldenhour #tranquility #nycgo #vancortlandtpark #thebronxisbeautiful @vcpalliance @hhtnyc

Those daffodils are looking mighty tasty, too bad it's so  rainy out there. Just 78 days until we Greet the Goats at Van...
03/23/2020

Those daffodils are looking mighty tasty, too bad it's so rainy out there. Just 78 days until we Greet the Goats at Van Cortlandt House Museum

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From our friends at the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance.  Please continue to use the park but do so responsibly.
03/23/2020

From our friends at the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance. Please continue to use the park but do so responsibly.

All of us at the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance know how important the Park is to you. If you come to the Park, please observe the following rules. They are in place to protect everyone.

In response to COVID-19 and NYS’s Pause, the following changes are currently taking place in all NYC parks:

- No Team Sports are Allowed, All Fields and Courts are now closed to group play
- All nature centers, recreation centers and historic houses are closed
- No events, including BBQs for groups, are allowed
- Parks should be used to get some fresh air and exercise; however, people are asked not to hang out all day
- While using the park, maintain social distances and stay at least 6 feet away from those that are not a part of your household
- If a playground is crowded and you can’t maintain safe social distancing, please do not use it. Parks Enforcement Patrol officers will clear out playgrounds if needed.

We want everyone to be able to continue to use our parks but for everyone’s safety we need everyone to use common sense and practice #socialdistancing.

For more information and future updates,
https://www.nycgovparks.org/about/health-and-safety-guide/coronavirus

Thank you for your cooperation. We hope to see you in the park again soon.

Looking for something to keep you occupied while you're practicing #socialdistancing ?  Take a page, literally, from thi...
03/21/2020

Looking for something to keep you occupied while you're practicing #socialdistancing ? Take a page, literally, from this book of patterns for #whiteworkembroidery in the Van Cortlandt House Museum collection. Our favorite is this half-heart motif. We'll post more information about the history of white work on our website on Monday.
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Meet Cyrus, our Anti-Virus mascot goat.  He's here to check  out the premises ahead of the arrival of his live cousins i...
03/20/2020

Meet Cyrus, our Anti-Virus mascot goat. He's here to check out the premises ahead of the arrival of his live cousins in early June. In case you've missed the announcement, a section of Van Cortlandt House Museum's lawn will be a goat cafeteria over the summer. Goats from Green Goats of Rhinebeck will be enclosed on the east side of the Museum's lawn to eat up the poison ivy, burdock, thistle, pokeberry and other invasive weeds and plants. We're very excited because this is a "test" to see how well goats can work to rid other parts of Van Cortlandt Park from these unwanted plants. Thanks go to the Bronx Park Commissioner, Iris Rodriguez Rosa who believes so much in this project that she provided the funding. Another shout out goes to the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance for coming up with the idea in the first place.

Among other "jobs" Cyrus will be making doing his best to help entertain our fans and visitors that can't come to visit while we are temporarily closed.

Is there something you've always wondered about the Museum, our history, the collections? Ask away, Cyrus is at the ready!

The museum may be closed but the staff is working from home.  How does someone who's job is usually front line visitor's...
03/19/2020

The museum may be closed but the staff is working from home. How does someone who's job is usually front line visitor's service work from home? Easily. Our craft-minded Director pulled out the stash of scraps she hoarded from when the Dining Room was wallpapered and our Weekend Manager is working from home to turn it in to bookmarks. These one-of-a-kind bookmarks will eventually be available for sale in our gift shop. What are you doing to turn lemons into lemonade? .
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We're about to burst in to Spring thanks to @ny4p and @conedison who provided and planted hundreds of daffodils on the g...
03/18/2020

We're about to burst in to Spring thanks to @ny4p and @conedison who provided and planted hundreds of daffodils on the grounds of Van Cortlandt House. Most were planted in a long ribbon just inside our fence. Any day now, park goers will see their cheery yellow flowers.

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Van Cortlandt House MuseumTemporary ClosureFollowing the City of New York and New York State’s further precautions to he...
03/16/2020
Welcome to the Van Cortlandt House Museum website.

Van Cortlandt House Museum
Temporary Closure

Following the City of New York and New York State’s further precautions to help safeguard citizens against the spread of Coronavirus, the Van Cortlandt House Museum and The National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York have decided to temporarily close the Van Cortlandt House Museum today. Until further notice, all public programs, tours, and field trips are canceled. We will follow the ongoing developments, guidance and restrictions provided by the City and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Updates will be provided on museum’s website and on our social media accounts.

During this time, we hope that you will consider a virtual visit to Van Cortlandt House Museum at www.vchm.org.

If you have any questions, please direct them to the Van Cortlandt House Museum staff via email to: [email protected].

Thank you!

Van Cortlandt House Museum located in Van Cortlandt Park in the Kingsbridge neighborhood of The Bronx is the oldest surviving building in the borough. Van Cortlandt House Museum is also the first historic house museum in New York City, opened to the publ

03/16/2020

To All Our Cherished Educators: As Museum Educator I would like to thank all the wonderful Teachers who continuously bring their students to the Van Cortlandt House Museum. As we move into the world of Distance Learning. I would like to extend my expertise and help when it comes to your Colonial History instruction. If you need guidance or help for Colonial or Revolutionary Period Lesson Planning. I can be contacted at [email protected].

Flash back Friday to our Director's visit to the magical workshop of @adelphipaperhangings in March of 2014. These photo...
03/06/2020

Flash back Friday to our Director's visit to the magical workshop of @adelphipaperhangings in March of 2014. These photographs represent a few of the many steps needed to reproduce the c. 1820 wall and border papers discovered in the Van Cortlandt House Museum Dining Room. What this group of dedicated craftspeople can achieve is nothing short of spectacular. It was a pleasure from start to finish to work with Adelphi on this project. You can see the finished wallpaper in the Dining Room at Van Cortlandt House Museum. If you like the paper, you can have it printed for your own home or project and in a variety of colourways.

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Happy Birthday to James Van Cortlandt, born March 3, 1726.  The East Parlor, with it's elegant rococo carved mantel surr...
03/03/2020

Happy Birthday to James Van Cortlandt, born March 3, 1726. The East Parlor, with it's elegant rococo carved mantel surround would have been commissioned by James c. 1760 to update the room in the latest style. James inherited the plantation established by his grandfather, for whom he was named, and the unfinished house. The carving is said to be the finest example to have survived in its original setting, unlike others which found their way into museums or were lost to demolition. .
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Part 5 and final in this series.Who were the people enslaved by the Van Cortlandt family? What do we know about them? Ho...
02/26/2020

Part 5 and final in this series.

Who were the people enslaved by the Van Cortlandt family? What do we know about them? How do we represent their lives at Van Cortlandt House and in what is now Van Cortlandt Park? We will be answering these questions in the days to come, to the best of our ability. We will shed light on their lives with the information that we have but we’re not stopping there. Historians know that you never stop searching because the next find could be waiting on the next page or in the next footnote.



The will of Frederick Van Cortlandt, proved on February 19, 1752, is the most detailed source of information that has come to light about enslaved people and their roles on the Van Cortlandt plantation. It includes the names of 13 people, among them Claus and little Franke listed as negro boys. Frederick bequeaths them “to my Son Augustus I give my Negro boy called Claus and to my son Frederick I give my Negro boy called little Franke”. Other than their names, we know nothing of these children's ages or their work in the house or on the plantation.



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Part 4. Who were the people enslaved by the Van Cortlandt family? What do we know about them? How do we represent their ...
02/25/2020

Part 4. Who were the people enslaved by the Van Cortlandt family? What do we know about them? How do we represent their lives at Van Cortlandt House and in the park? We will be answering these questions, to the best of our ability, in the days to come. We will shed light on their lives with the information that has been discovered but rest assured, research about the enslaved people and their important contributions will continue. Historians know that you never stop searching because the next find could be waiting on the next page or in the next footnote.



The will of Frederick Van Cortlandt, proved on February 19, 1752, is the most detailed source of information that has come to light about enslaved people and their roles on the Van Cortlandt plantation. It includes the names of 13 people, among them Mary, Hester, Hannah and Saro listed as negro girl slaves. Other than their names, we know nothing of their ages or work in the house or on the plantation. Hannah was bequeathed to Frederick’s 14-year-old daughter Anne, and Saro to his 13-year-old daughter Eve. Mary and Hester, along with 6 others - Piero, Hannah, Little Pieter, Levellie, Ceasar and Kate - were bequeathed to their brother James.



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Part 3 - Who were the people enslaved by the Van Cortlandt family? What do we know about them? How do we represent their...
02/24/2020

Part 3 - Who were the people enslaved by the Van Cortlandt family? What do we know about them? How do we represent their lives at Van Cortlandt House and in the park? We will be answering these questions, to the best of our ability, in the coming days and weeks. We will shed light on their lives with the information we have uncovered but rest assured, research and discovery about the enslaved people and their important contributions will continue. The one thing that research tells a historian is that you never stop searching because the next find could be right around the corner.

The will of Frederick Van Cortlandt, proved on February 19, 1752, is the most detailed source of information that has come to light about enslaved people and their roles in the plantation. It lists 13 people, among them Caesar and Kate. Unlike Piero and Levellie, Caesar's trade or role on the plantation is not listed. What we do know about Caesar is that he was identified as Frederick's "Indian man". Native Americans were also enslaved though not in as great a number as Africans.

Unfortunately we don't know the circumstances under which Caesar became enslaved. He was, however, not the only Native American to have been an enslaved worker on the Van Cortlandt plantation. In his will dated 1739, Jacobus Van Cortlandt left 6 enslaved people, including his "Indian man" Pompey, along with the plantation, to his only son Frederick.

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A little birdie told us it's #nationaltileday. Of course every day is tile day at Van Cortlandt House!
02/23/2020

A little birdie told us it's #nationaltileday. Of course every day is tile day at Van Cortlandt House!

On this day in 1750, Federick Van Cortlandt dies at age 51.  He had what is now known as Van Cortlandt House Museum buil...
02/12/2020

On this day in 1750, Federick Van Cortlandt dies at age 51. He had what is now known as Van Cortlandt House Museum built starting sometime before 1748. In his will, Frederick mentions the house he is building on the plantation where he lives. He also calls for a burial vault. "I Committ to the Earth to be Buried (in a Family Vault which I intend build on my Plantation on the little Hill which lies to the Northeastward of Turtle Brook) in such decent & Christian like manner as to my loving Wife Frances or other my Executors shall deem meet. And in case I shall not cause the said vault to be made in my life Time then I will and order my Executors forthwith to do the same and Deposit my remains therein." It was in this vault where his son Augustus, shortly after the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, hid records in his custody as City Clerk for Colonial New York.

You can still see the original location of the vault on Vault Hill in Van Cortlandt Park, as seen here in a photograph from the Parks Department's photo archives from 1932. The family members originally buried there were reinterred at Woodlawn Cemetery at the time the Van Cortlandt plantation became a park.

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Van Cortlandt Park Broadway At W. 246th St.
Bronx, NY
10471-4198

#1 subway to 242nd St./Van Cortlandt Park, #9 Bronx bus to 246th St. stop

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Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 11:00 - 16:00
Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

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(718) 543-3344

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Hi there. Is the museum's dollhouse on permanent display? I'd like to visit and want to make sure it is available for viewing. Thank you
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This is a wonderful place to visit! So much history here, and on a beautiful property as well.