This , we take a look at a comprehensive guide to our partner sites called "Historic Houses in New York City Parks" that was first published by HHT in January 1989. This map was included in the Second Edition published in 1992. Can you spot the biggest difference between then and now? While HHT helps preserve 23 historic sites today, in 1992 there were only 16 under our stewardship.
While many things have changed over the years, our mission has not. In the booklet's introductory note, former HHT Chair Timothy C. Forbes wrote: "If you listen closely, you can hear their voices. Tucked away in some of New York's most developed areas, New York's historic houses speak of times past, when orchards covered the hills of northern Manhattan and oyster boats crowded the waters around Staten Island... If you're spending a lifetime or just a few hours in the City, take time from your hurried schedule to visit the surviving remnants of yesterday, our historic houses. Listen to their stories, and find out what they have to tell us."