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“Wonderful Dutch Farmhouse in Brooklyn ,,,” 4 of 5 stars
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Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum
5816 Clarendon Road, Brooklyn, NY 11203
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Ranked #33 of 92 Attractions in Brooklyn
Type: Museums
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New York, New York, United States
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“Wonderful Dutch Farmhouse in Brooklyn ,,,”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Marvelous Mid 17th Century Dutch Farmhouse and gardens in the middle of urban Brooklyn. The Docent was quite knowledgeable during my tour and since I was the only one on the tour at that time, we were able to discuss the Wyckoff house in much more detail as well as coming attractions and detailed comparisons to other Dutch style houses in NY, NJ, and Delaware. The farmhouse is quite nicely maintained and managed by the NYC Historic House Trust and Wyckoff Association. Evidence of the fire that razed a very major portion of the house in the 20th century has been repaired and you can see scorch marks on some of the ceiling beams....Its a shame that most of the period pieces of furniture are not native to the house but nevertheless very authentic and sourced locally and from the period. Make sure not to miss the Kas which was constructed during the period locally on Long Island as well as the Dutch and English style fire places.

For any student of history, this house is a definite must see...

Visited May 2013
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“Early American history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

There could not be a more off-the-beaten path attraction but it is surprisingly important for any American. This is the oldest standing house or structure in New York. Mid-17th century Dutch farmhouse. The docent who gave us a (40? minute) tour around this small structure in the obscure (for both tourists and New Yorkers) section of East Flatbush in Brooklyn was unbelievably well informed and totally immersed in the history of the Dutch settlement in colonial Brooklyn.
No New Yorkers come here. No one comes here--virtually (of course an exaggeration). You will definitely be the only visitor on the "tour" when you go.
But you can only get there by car and you had better be very well prepared in terms of directions before you set out for a neighborhood that 98% of all New Yorkers don't know about and could never find if their lives depended upon it.
The house has been incredibly restored (see the "before" photos) and eventually perhaps the small space that remains for the "farm" will be too.
An eye-opener if you are interested in early European settlement and history in America.

Visited April 2013
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“"A Farm Goes on -in Brooklyn"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

The oldest house in New York City, dating to 1652
This Dutch family farmed here up until 1901.
We enjoyed an incredibly thorough door conducted by the site head docent, Lucy.
She answered all of our questions, and then some. Her encyclopedic knowledge uncovers a large number of areas that help to explain how life has changed over the past 350 years in NYC.
Definitely take one of the guided tours. On the Saturday that we visited in March, the tours are offered at 11, am, and at 1, and 3 pm. Admission was $5 per adult, $3 for seniors, and $3 for kids. The admission is well worth it.
My, how the neighborhood has changed. There is free street parking nearby. This was once some incredibly fertile and productive farmland. Thankfully, they are maintaining a nice vegetable garden there, just like back in the day.

Visited March 2013
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