Van Cortlandt House Museum

Van Cortlandt House Museum Van Cortlandt House Museum - where history lives in The Bronx! 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.
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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.

Operating as usual

The lavender in our Herb Garden is blooming like crazy!  You can help us offset the cost of  maintaining this garden by ...
06/23/2021

The lavender in our Herb Garden is blooming like crazy! You can help us offset the cost of maintaining this garden by purchasing a posy of lavender in the gift shop. They're available for $2 while supplies last.

While $2 might not seem like a lot of money, every purchase is greatly appreciated.

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#NYCLandmark #NationalRegister #ILoveNY #NewYorkCity #BronxNY #MaterialCulture #MuseumFromHome #InTheBoogieDown #ThisIsNYC #museum
@hhtnyc @greatamericantreasures

It's going to be a beautiful day in the neighborhood! Stop by to meet the goats and chat with one of our volunteer goat ...
06/23/2021

It's going to be a beautiful day in the neighborhood! Stop by to meet the goats and chat with one of our volunteer goat ambassadors.

Photo description: A woman in a bright green t-shirt standing outside behind a wire fence with a banner reading "share your photos with us, @vchmnyc #vcpalliance"

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#MuseumsSparkJoy #VCPGoats #InvasiveSpecies #EatingForALiving #BronxKids @vcpalliance
@green_goats_rhinebeck

Most visitors are not aware that the Van Cortlandt plantation relied upon the labor of enslaved Africans, as did many pl...
06/21/2021

Most visitors are not aware that the Van Cortlandt plantation relied upon the labor of enslaved Africans, as did many plantations and farms in the north. Enslaved Africans, their descendants, and Indigenous people were vital to colonial New York’s economy–growing, harvesting, milling, packing, and shipping the wheat that would be a staple export out of New York harbor.

In addition to being the home of the wealthy and influential Van Cortlandt family, the land now known as Van Cortlandt Park was home to generations of enslaved people, both African and Native American, going back to the 1600s. The work of enslaved people in the Bronx–building roads, constructing houses, damming streams–is still visible in the landscape of the park. Favorite sites in Van Cortlandt Park, like the lake and Van Cortlandt House Museum, are daily reminders of their labor and lasting legacy.

Join Van Cortlandt Park Alliance for a virtual presentation of the history of slavery in Van Cortlandt Park. Educator and subject expert Cheyney McKnight will lead the presentation. Cheyney McKnight is the founder and owner of Not Your Momma’s History. She acts as an interpreter advocate for interpreters of color at historical sites up and down the east Coast, providing them with much needed on-call support. Special thank you to Van Cortlandt House Museum Kingsbridge Historical Society.

https://vancortlandt.org/event/lets-talk-about-slavery-in-vcp-virtual/

Registration link can also be found on our Flowpage in our bio above.

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#EnslavedPeopleProject #EnslavementInNY
@hhtnyc @vcpalliance #VanCortlandtPark #HistoryHappensHere

Most visitors are not aware that the Van Cortlandt plantation relied upon the labor of enslaved Africans, as did many plantations and farms in the north. Enslaved Africans, their descendants, and Indigenous people were vital to colonial New York’s economy–growing, harvesting, milling, packing, and shipping the wheat that would be a staple export out of New York harbor.

In addition to being the home of the wealthy and influential Van Cortlandt family, the land now known as Van Cortlandt Park was home to generations of enslaved people, both African and Native American, going back to the 1600s. The work of enslaved people in the Bronx–building roads, constructing houses, damming streams–is still visible in the landscape of the park. Favorite sites in Van Cortlandt Park, like the lake and Van Cortlandt House Museum, are daily reminders of their labor and lasting legacy.

Join Van Cortlandt Park Alliance for a virtual presentation of the history of slavery in Van Cortlandt Park. Educator and subject expert Cheyney McKnight will lead the presentation. Cheyney McKnight is the founder and owner of Not Your Momma’s History. She acts as an interpreter advocate for interpreters of color at historical sites up and down the east Coast, providing them with much needed on-call support. Special thank you to Van Cortlandt House Museum Kingsbridge Historical Society.

https://vancortlandt.org/event/lets-talk-about-slavery-in-vcp-virtual/

Registration link can also be found on our Flowpage in our bio above.

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#EnslavedPeopleProject #EnslavementInNY
@hhtnyc @vcpalliance #VanCortlandtPark #HistoryHappensHere

Happy Father's Day and Summer Solstice. Enjoy your day in Van Cortlandt Park on the longest day of the year. ......#summ...
06/20/2021

Happy Father's Day and Summer Solstice. Enjoy your day in Van Cortlandt Park on the longest day of the year.

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#summersolstice #vcpalliance #fathersday

Happy Father's Day and Summer Solstice. Enjoy your day in Van Cortlandt Park on the longest day of the year.

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#summersolstice #vcpalliance #fathersday

The ancestors were acknowledged and honored today in Van Cortlandt Park.  It's one more step forward.  You can't help bu...
06/19/2021

The ancestors were acknowledged and honored today in Van Cortlandt Park. It's one more step forward. You can't help but feel the joy radiating from Enslaved People Project Steering Committee member DePrator.

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#juneteenth @vcpalliance

The ancestors were acknowledged and honored today in Van Cortlandt Park. It's one more step forward. You can't help but feel the joy radiating from Enslaved People Project Steering Committee member DePrator.

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#juneteenth @vcpalliance

From our friends at Dyckman Farmhouse Museum - visit their Instagram profile to learn about what the celebration of June...
06/19/2021

From our friends at Dyckman Farmhouse Museum - visit their Instagram profile to learn about what the celebration of Juneteenth is all about.

❤️ 🖤 💚Today we celebrate Juneteenth! ❤️ 🖤 💚 ⠀
A day rarely expressed as an important day in United States history. A day that is rarely remembered as a day for a “new beginning” for enslaved African Americans. Today, the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum takes the time to celebrate and remember the truth, journey and perseverance enslaved African Americans faced for over 200 years in the United States. #juneteenth #blackhistory
Reposted from @dyckmanfarmhouse

From our friends at Dyckman Farmhouse Museum - visit their Instagram profile to learn about what the celebration of Juneteenth is all about.

❤️ 🖤 💚Today we celebrate Juneteenth! ❤️ 🖤 💚 ⠀
A day rarely expressed as an important day in United States history. A day that is rarely remembered as a day for a “new beginning” for enslaved African Americans. Today, the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum takes the time to celebrate and remember the truth, journey and perseverance enslaved African Americans faced for over 200 years in the United States. #juneteenth #blackhistory
Reposted from @dyckmanfarmhouse

06/19/2021

Join us live on Facebook from Van Cortlandt Park for our Juneteenth Ceremony today at 11am. In gratitude for the sacrifice of the African Ancestors who built what is now Van Cortlandt Park, the African Burial Ground in the park will be consecrated. This program is presented respectfully by Van Cortlandt Park Alliance, Van Cortlandt House Museum, Kingsbridge Historical Society, and the Enslaved People Project Task Force Steering Committee with NYC Parks. Livestream at Facebook.com/vcpalliance/live

The wreath made from herbs, flowers, and tree foliage representing remembrance, healing, and justice is ready for tomorr...
06/18/2021

The wreath made from herbs, flowers, and tree foliage representing remembrance, healing, and justice is ready for tomorrow's Juneteenth commemoration in Van Cortlandt Park. You can watch a live-stream of the program on the page of the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance starting at 11:OO am.

Plant list:
Comfrey - longevity and healing
Coreopsis (bright yellow) - always cheerful
Daisy - humility and purity
Dianthus (bright pink) - love and gratitude
Fern - sincerity, humility
Hyssop (lime green) - sacrifice, cleanliness
Ivy - fidelity and eternal life
Lamb's ears - softness, gentleness
Laurel - immortality
Lavender - devotion
Linden - protection and healing
Rosemary - remembrance
Sage - wisdom, immortality
Thyme - Courage and faith
Yarrow -healing

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@vcpalliance @hhtnyc #juneteenth #VanCortlandtPark #HerbalWreath

The wreath made from herbs, flowers, and tree foliage representing remembrance, healing, and justice is ready for tomorrow's Juneteenth commemoration in Van Cortlandt Park. You can watch a live-stream of the program on the page of the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance starting at 11:OO am.

Plant list:
Comfrey - longevity and healing
Coreopsis (bright yellow) - always cheerful
Daisy - humility and purity
Dianthus (bright pink) - love and gratitude
Fern - sincerity, humility
Hyssop (lime green) - sacrifice, cleanliness
Ivy - fidelity and eternal life
Lamb's ears - softness, gentleness
Laurel - immortality
Lavender - devotion
Linden - protection and healing
Rosemary - remembrance
Sage - wisdom, immortality
Thyme - Courage and faith
Yarrow -healing

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@vcpalliance @hhtnyc #juneteenth #VanCortlandtPark #HerbalWreath

06/18/2021
Van Cortlandt Park Alliance

On Saturday June 19th at 11:00 a.m. the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance is presenting a ceremony to consecrate the Enslaved African Burial Ground in Van Cortlandt Park. In-person attendance at this event is limited due to Covid-19 restrictions still in force in the Park and our of respect for the site of the burial ground.

The Van Cortlandt Park Alliance will live-stream the program from their page starting at 11:00 a.m. We hope that will you join in this special ceremony.

https://www.facebook.com/vcpalliance/live

Van Cortlandt Park Alliance (VCPA) works to preserve, support, and promote the recreational, ecological, and historic value of Van Cortlandt Park.

Wondering when is the best time to see the goats out eating weeds? We suggest early evening, they seem to like a late su...
06/17/2021

Wondering when is the best time to see the goats out eating weeds? We suggest early evening, they seem to like a late supper to finish off their full day of eating. Who are we kidding? These goats eat on and off all day long.🤣

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#vchmnyc @hhtnyc #TheBronxIsBeautiful #nscdny @nscda #HistoricHouseCrush #HistoryHappenedHere #TheBronx #Kingsbridge #VancortlandtParkAlliance #MuseumFromHome #InTheBoogieDown #ThisIsNYC
#MuseumsSparkJoy #VCPGoats #InvasiveSpecies #EatingForALiving #BronxKids @vcpalliance
@green_goats_rhinebeck

Wondering when is the best time to see the goats out eating weeds? We suggest early evening, they seem to like a late supper to finish off their full day of eating. Who are we kidding? These goats eat on and off all day long.🤣

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#vchmnyc @hhtnyc #TheBronxIsBeautiful #nscdny @nscda #HistoricHouseCrush #HistoryHappenedHere #TheBronx #Kingsbridge #VancortlandtParkAlliance #MuseumFromHome #InTheBoogieDown #ThisIsNYC
#MuseumsSparkJoy #VCPGoats #InvasiveSpecies #EatingForALiving #BronxKids @vcpalliance
@green_goats_rhinebeck

Head's up - the second week of our Adventures in Time Summer History Camp is full.  We do have slots available for the f...
06/10/2021
Adventures in Time Summer HIstory Camp at Van Cortlandt House Museum.

Head's up - the second week of our Adventures in Time Summer History Camp is full. We do have slots available for the first week (August 9 - 13) but we suggest you register as soon as possible since registration is limited.

More information and registration forms can be found on our website: https://www.vchm.org/adventures_in_time_summer_history_camp.html

Learn more about our exciting and popular summer history camp at Van Cortlandt House Msueum.

For those of you who might not be able to register for the live tours IN Van Cortlandt Park, there is a free live Zoom s...
06/07/2021
Let's Talk About Slavery in VCP - Virtual | Van Cortlandt Park Alliance

For those of you who might not be able to register for the live tours IN Van Cortlandt Park, there is a free live Zoom session sponsored by the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance and presented by Cheyney McKnight about the history of slavery as it relates to Van Cortlandt Park and Van Cortlandt House Museum.

You can register for the presentation to be held on Tuesday June 22nd starting at 6:30 p.m., at this link https://vancortlandt.org/event/lets-talk-about-slavery-in-vcp-virtual/

Join us for a virtual presentation of the history of slavery in Van Cortlandt Park. Educator and subject expert Cheyney McKnight will lead the presentation.

Tomorrow's the day! This year's crew from @green_goats_rhinebeck arrive tomorrow morning to start eating weeds. This yea...
06/02/2021

Tomorrow's the day! This year's crew from @green_goats_rhinebeck arrive tomorrow morning to start eating weeds.

This year you'll be able to watch them at work from inside the grounds of the Museum. You're welcome to come visit when our gates are open - Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am - 4 pm and Friday - Sunday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

We ask that you don't feed them since they're here to eat weeds. And, although goats will eat almost anything, Taffy, Leo, and Juliette are used to only eating weeds and hay so other food can make them sick.

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#vchmnyc @hhtnyc #thebronxisbeautiful #nscdny @nscda #historichousecrush #historyhappenedhere #thebronx #kingsbridge #vancortlandtparkalliance #nationalhistoriclandmark #nyclandmark #newyorkcity #bronxny #museumfromhome #intheboogiedown #thisisnyc
#museumssparkjoy #vcpgoats #invasivespecies #eatingforaliving #bronxkids @vcpalliance
@green_goats_rhinebeck

Tomorrow's the day! This year's crew from @green_goats_rhinebeck arrive tomorrow morning to start eating weeds.

This year you'll be able to watch them at work from inside the grounds of the Museum. You're welcome to come visit when our gates are open - Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am - 4 pm and Friday - Sunday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

We ask that you don't feed them since they're here to eat weeds. And, although goats will eat almost anything, Taffy, Leo, and Juliette are used to only eating weeds and hay so other food can make them sick.

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#vchmnyc @hhtnyc #thebronxisbeautiful #nscdny @nscda #historichousecrush #historyhappenedhere #thebronx #kingsbridge #vancortlandtparkalliance #nationalhistoriclandmark #nyclandmark #newyorkcity #bronxny #museumfromhome #intheboogiedown #thisisnyc
#museumssparkjoy #vcpgoats #invasivespecies #eatingforaliving #bronxkids @vcpalliance
@green_goats_rhinebeck

You still have time to register for tomorrow's Pinkster Day program with the New-York Historical Society's DiMenna Child...
05/18/2021

You still have time to register for tomorrow's Pinkster Day program with the New-York Historical Society's DiMenna Children's History Center. It promises to be a lively celebration complete with the dance and music of Pinkster at this remote program, which features Chief Baba and musicians (including a fiddler, drummer, and banjo—or banjar—player) and our very own Pinkster King!

https://www.nyhistory.org/childrens-museum/family-programs?living-history-home-celebrating-pinkster/may/19/2021

You still have time to register for tomorrow's Pinkster Day program with the New-York Historical Society's DiMenna Children's History Center. It promises to be a lively celebration complete with the dance and music of Pinkster at this remote program, which features Chief Baba and musicians (including a fiddler, drummer, and banjo—or banjar—player) and our very own Pinkster King!

https://www.nyhistory.org/childrens-museum/family-programs?living-history-home-celebrating-pinkster/may/19/2021

On this day in history, Van Cortlandt House Museum was opened to the public as New York City's first historic house muse...
05/17/2021

On this day in history, Van Cortlandt House Museum was opened to the public as New York City's first historic house museum. One year earlier, The National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York entered into a license agreement with the City of New York to operate the house as a Museum.

Many things have changed over the last 124 years since the Museum opened including the current work to bring a more inclusive, transparent history of the Van Cortlandt family and the planation. We look forward to the future and continuing our public-private partnership with the City of New York.
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#vchmnyc #thebronxisbeautiful #nscdny @nscda #historichousecrush #historyhappenedhere #thebronx #kingsbridge #vancortlandtpark #18thcentury #colonialny #nationalhistoriclandmark
#nyclandmark #nationalregister #iloveny #newyorkcity #bronxny #materialculture #museumfromhome #intheboogiedown #thisisnyc #museum #museumfromhome
@hhtnyc @greatamericantreasures
#slaveryinthebronx #kingsbridge

On this day in history, Van Cortlandt House Museum was opened to the public as New York City's first historic house museum. One year earlier, The National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York entered into a license agreement with the City of New York to operate the house as a Museum.

Many things have changed over the last 124 years since the Museum opened including the current work to bring a more inclusive, transparent history of the Van Cortlandt family and the planation. We look forward to the future and continuing our public-private partnership with the City of New York.
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#vchmnyc #thebronxisbeautiful #nscdny @nscda #historichousecrush #historyhappenedhere #thebronx #kingsbridge #vancortlandtpark #18thcentury #colonialny #nationalhistoriclandmark
#nyclandmark #nationalregister #iloveny #newyorkcity #bronxny #materialculture #museumfromhome #intheboogiedown #thisisnyc #museum #museumfromhome
@hhtnyc @greatamericantreasures
#slaveryinthebronx #kingsbridge

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

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

Opening Hours

Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(718) 543-3344

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During last month I sent you a couple of e-mails. Three times to a general museum e-mail address and once to the Director, Ms. Carpenter Myers. But I never got any answer from Van Cortlandt House Museum and I wonder why. I need your help for the academic book I am finishing. With best regards, Prof. Piotr Oczko-Morgenbesser, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
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.