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.

Congratulations to the hard working people that keep Van Cortlandt Park ticking!
02/01/2020

Congratulations to the hard working people that keep Van Cortlandt Park ticking!

Van Cortlandt Park is Outstanding!

Van Cortlandt Park employees win citywide award for Outstanding District

Congratulations to Van Cortlandt Park District 13 staff on this well-deserved award! The Alliance greatly enjoys partnering with Parks staff to preserve, support and promote Van Cortlandt Park.

#fbf We're reminiscing back to 1997 when we first met our museum educator at a living history event at Van Cortlandt Hou...
01/31/2020

#fbf We're reminiscing back to 1997 when we first met our museum educator at a living history event at Van Cortlandt House Museum. Michael came to work for us in May of 2000 making this his 20th year! Where does the time go?
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Today's #tiletuesday offering depicts a well and well sweep. A well sweep is a clever device used to help bring water up...
01/21/2020

Today's #tiletuesday offering depicts a well and well sweep. A well sweep is a clever device used to help bring water up from a well.
Using wooden poles or flexible saplings and a heavy weight of stone or clay, a vertical post, often with a Y notch at the top, set into the ground near the well. The post held a horizontal pole, or sweep, which was heavier at one end and rested on the ground like a teeter-totter. A long, thin pole with an attached bucket or pail was placed at the other end. A person would pull the thin pole and bucket down into the well and fill it with water, and the sweep’s weight would then lift the bucket up. Attached in the middle on another pole, the thin pole or sweep would create a fulcrum, making the counterweight do the work of lifting the bucket of water from the well. A well sweep wasn't necessary for drawing water from a well but it did make the task, which would have been repeated many times a day, a bit easier.

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Anyone traveling along the west side of Van Cortlandt Park along Broadway from Van Cortlandt Park South to Mosholu Avenu...
01/17/2020
Ribbon cutting for Seward Park upgrades on Lower East Side - amNewYork

Anyone traveling along the west side of Van Cortlandt Park along Broadway from Van Cortlandt Park South to Mosholu Avenue can't help but have noticed all the ongoing construction. While all the fencing, the temporary re-location of the picnic area, and closed sidewalks is annoying, it's an exciting time for Van Cortlandt Park!

In addition to a skate park at the southern end and a new playground to the north, the largest construction project is a major redesign of the entrance to Van Cortlandt Park between the stadium and the swimming pool. This project is part of Parks Without Borders. The first of these projects was recently completed with a ribbon cutting in Seward Park.

To learn more about the Seward Park project and Parks Without Borders, check out this article from AM New York.

https://www.amny.com/manhattan/ribbon-cutting-for-seward-park-upgrades-on-lower-east-side/

City officials and Lower East Side community members celebrated on Thursday the renovation of Seward Park — the first completed project in the city’s

What an incredible discovery!
01/15/2020

What an incredible discovery!

We think this water tank we excavated on London's Giltspur St in the 90s may have been for storing fresh oysters! 🦪 Lined with a remarkable range of re-used 17th and 18th century ‘delftware’ wall tiles, it allowed us to create an invaluable catalogue of tile designs for future research! #DigsGoneBy

Thus far this winter hasn't been terribly conducive to ice skating without the benefit of modern intervention.  Today's ...
01/14/2020

Thus far this winter hasn't been terribly conducive to ice skating without the benefit of modern intervention. Today's #tiletuesday offering depicts a pair of skaters, one having fallen and the other helping the fallen back on his feet. Which skater are you? Ice skating has been a popular winter pastime in Van Cortlandt Park for a very long time based on these c. 1902 images of skating on the lake by George E. Stonebridge in the New York Heritage Digital Collections.

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Although New York's most famous Bowling Green is on Manhattan Island near the Battery, bowling on a green was a popular ...
01/08/2020
Georgian Era Entertainments – Outside the home

Although New York's most famous Bowling Green is on Manhattan Island near the Battery, bowling on a green was a popular sport throughout the colonies.

When visiting Van Cortlandt House you can borrow one of our lawn games to use on our "bowling" green.

https://historicinterpreter.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/georgian-era-entertainments-outdoor/

Home entertainments (discussed in previous posts here and here) were not the only forms of recreation available to people in the Georgian Era. With increased income, thanks to the Industrial Revol…

New year, new #tiletuesday Today's tile depicts a canal-side scene comple with windmill.  It's a classic Dutch scene on ...
01/07/2020

New year, new #tiletuesday Today's tile depicts a canal-side scene comple with windmill. It's a classic Dutch scene on a classic Dutch tile.

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Today marks the arrival of the 3 Kings in Bethlehem.  It's also the 12th day of Christmas.  Among the Delft tiles in the...
01/06/2020

Today marks the arrival of the 3 Kings in Bethlehem. It's also the 12th day of Christmas. Among the Delft tiles in the collection is this one depicting the 3 Kings and the star they followed.

We wish a joyful celebration to all who observe this holiday including our friends at @elmuseo El Museo del Barrio who have their 43rd annual 3 Kings Day Parade today!
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Van Cortlandt House Museum will be open on New Year's Eve from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. for self-guided tours.  You can al...
12/30/2019

Van Cortlandt House Museum will be open on New Year's Eve from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. for self-guided tours. You can also pick up a bottle of shrub or mulling spices for your celebrations.

The Museum will be closed on New Year's Day and will re-open on Thursday 1/2/2020 at 10:00 a.m.

We thank you all for your patronage and support in 2019 and look forward to what 2020 brings!

12/24/2019
Twas The Night Before Christmas as told by Perry Como

Did you know that the classic poem A Visit from Saint Nicholas has a connection to the Van Cortlandt family? Catherine Elizabeth Taylor was the wife of Clement Clarke Moore who wrote A Visit for Saint Nicholas in 1822 as a Christmas present for his children. Catherine was the daughter Elizabeth Van Cortlandt Taylor and her maternal grandfather was Philip Van Cortlandt. Philip Van Cortlandt was a noted Loyalist who chose sides against Independence, forfeited considerable property, and left New York with his wife and family on Evacuation Day in 1783. Philip was the 5th great-grandson of Oloff Stevense Van Cortlandt who established the family in New Amsterdam.

https://youtu.be/p46XbyC_5ao

The story/poem "The Night Before Christmas" told by Perry Como with Christmas pics.

Van Cortlandt House Museum will be open on the following schedule this holiday season:  12/24 Christmas Eve 10:00 a.m. -...
12/22/2019

Van Cortlandt House Museum will be open on the following schedule this holiday season: 12/24 Christmas Eve 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; 12/25 Christmas Day - CLOSED; 12/31 New Year's Eve 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; and 1/1/20 New Year's Day - CLOSED.

We wish you all a safe and happy celebration whether it be for Hanukka, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Winter Solstice, or the New Year.

On this day in 1823 Augustus Van Cortlandt dies at age 93.  August was the youngest son of Frederick and Frances Jay Van...
12/20/2019

On this day in 1823 Augustus Van Cortlandt dies at age 93. August was the youngest son of Frederick and Frances Jay Van Cortlandt. For more than 30 years, Augustus served as City Clerk for New York. At the outbreak of the Revolutionary War Augustus was asked by the New York representatives of the Continental Congress to secure the city records in his possession. Augustus was an employee of the British government and might have been conflicted about whether or not to comply with this request from the "rebels". After receiving a letter pushing for a resolution from his cousin John Jay, Augustus removed the city records for safekeeping. The records were hidden in family's burial vault on top of a hill to the north of the house. Augustus took them there in August of 1776 with the excuse of visiting his ailing mother who lived on the plantation.

Augustus lived out the remainder of the Revolutionary War without serving in the army or taking sides. Following the war, Augustus was able to take possession of the plantation which he inherited after his brother's death in 1781. The city records were eventually turned over to the new government but little is known of when and where this took place.

Augustus lived in the house with his wife Catharine Barclay (who died in 1808) until his death in 1823. Following his death, Augustus' grandson Augustus White legally changed his name to Van Cortlandt and inherited the plantation. Augustus White Van Cortlandt's mother was Anne Van Cortlandt White.

On this day in 1773, the Sons of Liberty, led by Samuel Adams, had themselves a little protest.  What came to be known a...
12/16/2019

On this day in 1773, the Sons of Liberty, led by Samuel Adams, had themselves a little protest. What came to be known as the Boston Tea Party was the most famous of the tea party protests which saw Colonists reacting to what they felt was unfair taxation without representation. Did you know that New York Colonists staged their own tea party protest in April of 1774?

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Don't forget that Santa Claus will be visiting Van Cortlandt House Museum tomorrow to hear Christmas requests and pose f...
12/13/2019

Don't forget that Santa Claus will be visiting Van Cortlandt House Museum tomorrow to hear Christmas requests and pose for photos. Pets may be accommodated outside as time allows. Our Celebrate Saint Nicholas program happens rain or shine and runs from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm with story times, eye-spy tours, and a chance to preview the Hohmans Family Dollhouse throughout the day.

Reservations are not required and admission is by donation.

We've already decked the halls of Van Cortlandt House so it's on to the Homans Family Dollhouse.  It's back at Van Cortl...
12/13/2019

We've already decked the halls of Van Cortlandt House so it's on to the Homans Family Dollhouse. It's back at Van Cortlandt House and on view through January 6th. The dollhouse is temporarily housed in the East Bedchamber for safekeeping until the exhibit case is finished. We anticipate delivery of the case in mid-January. Once this happens, the dollhouse will go on exhibit in the second floor stair hall where visitors will be able to see 3 sides of it up close. .
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This Friday step back to a quieter time at Van Cortlandt at Twilight which runs from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Admission is $20 ...
12/09/2019

This Friday step back to a quieter time at Van Cortlandt at Twilight which runs from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Admission is $20 per person and includes seasonal beverages such as mulled wine or cider and non-alcoholic shrub punch. There will also be a cheese tray and cookies for you to enjoy. Reservations can be made through our website, www.vchm.org. Last entry is at 7:45 p.m.

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We're wishing our Historic House Trust sister,  Lott House, a very happy 300th birthday! They're celebrating this incred...
12/07/2019

We're wishing our Historic House Trust sister, Lott House, a very happy 300th birthday! They're celebrating this incredible landmark anniversary today in Maine Park, Brooklyn.
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There are hundreds of reasons to make a gift to your favorite charity today.  #givingtuesday. We invite you to make a gi...
12/03/2019

There are hundreds of reasons to make a gift to your favorite charity today. #givingtuesday. We invite you to make a gift to Van Cortlandt House Museum so that we can continue to make meaningful connections between the past and present. This photograph of one of our history campers shows how her shorts with embroidered pockets match the embroidered pockets worn by women in the 18th century.

These connections are meaningful, won't you please help us make more of them? Giving directly will help us keep more of your donation. http://www.vchm.org/give.html. (link in bio).
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This time of year the deep red walls of our gift shop really come into their own.  We've put up a small Christmas tree t...
12/03/2019

This time of year the deep red walls of our gift shop really come into their own. We've put up a small Christmas tree to add a bit of cheer. We have lots of choices for holiday giving from traditional toys and games to lovely teas from @oliverpluff and a variety of delicious shrubs from @taitfarmfoods which are perfect for Christmas, Chanukah, and other holiday entertaining.

The shop is open during museum hours, drop in for a bit of shopping or a self-guided tour of the decorated house. We'll also be open until 8:00 p.m. on Friday 12/13 during Van Cortlandt at Twilight. Visit our website to learn more: www.vchm.org.
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Wishing all our friends and patrons a most happy Thanksgiving.  If you're looking for a place to avoid the Black Friday ...
11/27/2019

Wishing all our friends and patrons a most happy Thanksgiving. If you're looking for a place to avoid the Black Friday madness, consider a visit to Van Cortlandt House where you can have a self-guided tour and shop for presents in our shop. Gifts from Van Cortlandt House Museum give twice, once to the Museum and a second time to the recipient. That's a win-win in our book!

#tinytuesday The dollhouse is starting to come together. It's the little details that makes a difference such as pipes  ...
11/26/2019

#tinytuesday The dollhouse is starting to come together. It's the little details that makes a difference such as pipes for the pipe box. These clay pipes were common in the 18th century and are sometimes referred to as tavern pipes. Contrary to popular opinion, the pipe stems aren't long to allow them to be snapped off for the next user.

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As we continue to work more closely with the dollhouse, little details are starting to pop up.  One such detail are the ...
11/26/2019
‘A Family Scene: A Boy Finds Himself in the Glass’, after Susanna Duncombe (née Susanna Highmore) | Tate

As we continue to work more closely with the dollhouse, little details are starting to pop up. One such detail are the engravings pasted to the walls of the house for decoration. Sadly, some of these engravings have been painted over. Two are still legible and we've been able to identify one of them. The identified engraving is pasted to the wall of one of the upstairs rooms in the dollhouse, one which will be furnished as a bed room. It is not in great condition due to age and severe yellowing due to the acidic content of the wood and glue used to adhere it to the house. In spite of this we were, however able to decipher the caption which led us to the image in the collection of the Tate Britain.

The scene depicts a young boy sitting in a highchair who has just discovered himself in a looking glass. The version of the print in the dollhouse is about 2" by 4". When the dollhouse goes on display, there will be a copy of the print so visitors can see how it originally looked when it was pasted in the dollhouse.

https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/duncombe-a-family-scene-a-boy-finds-himself-in-the-glass-t04312

Artwork page for ‘A Family Scene: A Boy Finds Himself in the Glass’, after Susanna Duncombe (née Susanna Highmore)

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Van Cortlandt Park At West 246th Street
Bronx, NY
10471-4198

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

Opening Hours

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.