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“Saturday Easter Event”

The Conference House
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Owner description: Benjamin Franklin and John Adams met at this house early in the Revolutionary War with British Admiral Richard Howe to discuss whether an end to the war could be negotiated.
Staten Island, New York, United States
1 review
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“Saturday Easter Event”
Reviewed April 9, 2012

Dear President

I attended your Saturday Easter Egg Event with my Granddaughter and I would like to give you my insight on the event if you don't mind.................I have handled many children events such as your's for Museums for 20 years. But before I start Please allow me to Thank You for what your doing for our Children "Today" They need it.!!!!

Stamping/Baskets.* * * * *
Fast and Friendly welcoming reception.

Face Paint * * *
A Kids favorite, a very busy table, and the staff handled each child on an individual bases which was nice.
unfortunately children without a stamp were cutting the line and being taken first, as for the rest of us, we just had to be patient.

Suggestion; Extra Table & Staff/Volunteer and check admission Stamp before Face painting

Art & Crafts tables *
I couldn't stand long enough at this table , the table was to small and unfortunately there was to many kids making enough crafts for their entire family, making it impossible for other children to make just one (1) craft.

Suggestion; Extra Table and at least one (1) Staff/Volunteer to control the amount of crafts being made by one child.

Egg Tables *
Egg coloring table; Children were clearly enjoying the opportunity to color their eggs, but unfortunately Parent were forcing their children to color 1 to 2 dozens of eggs , spoiling their kids excitement of the event and holding up the table for others whom only wanted to color 2 or 3 eggs. And at the time of my coloring there was no supervision.

Suggestion; At least one (1) Staff/Volunteer per table to control the amount of eggs being colored by one child.

Hoola Hooping * * * * *
Very Friendly Staff/Volunteers, My Granddaughter just couldn't get enough of them. They were Great with the kids.

Petting Zoo * * *
A very nice attraction for all ages, and the Staff/Volunteer was great with the kids and Animals but she clearly need help. there was to much pushing and shoving going on.

Suggestion; a couple extra feet between cages and one (1) extra Staff/Volunteer and the bucket of Animal Food should be handled by a Staff member or Volunteer "NOT as a seat for the visitors................

Egg Hunt
The most important and Special event of the day, spoiled because greedy parents just couldn't help themselves, I saw parents knock over other children just to get their child more eggs, while other children walked away from the battle with bruises and empty baskets. again 3 young males without a stamp hoarding most of the eggs in their shirts, I know there was no stamp because i asked to shake their hands. I did however get two eggs for my granddaughter but i gave them to a young child crying because she didn't get any.

Suggestion; NO Parents allowed in the PIT!!!!!, all children allowed to only pick up 2 or 3 Eggs, this event should be held last and as many volunteers/Staff to be present in the pit................

Although on a chain one man with his Shepherd constantly allowed his dog to lunges/jump at children and Adults as he walked through the crowed, when I had enough I approached the female supervisor and she told me there was nothing she could do because the dog was on a leash, therefore putting the children and adults in harms way...... In addition there were three (3) other dogs urinating in and around the Potato Sack Races making it very unsanitary for any child to play in......While one women who had picked up her dogs doo said she couldn't find a trash pail so she throw it on the ground so she wouldn't have to carry it.....................

Last but not least
There was 3 or 4 other young female claming to be Staff/Volunteers but yet they were NO help to the visitors or other Staff Member.

Thank You for allowing my Voice to be heard.
Mr. & Mrs. B

Visited April 2012
1 Thank Bruce W B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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Staten Island, New York
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed March 14, 2012

nice to take the kids for a walk relaxing to watch the water

Visited March 2012
1 Thank mary b
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Staten Island, New York
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great old NY - Staten Island history spot.”
Reviewed January 29, 2012

Its real nice to visit in the warm weather, so yo can enjoy the lawn and the view of NY harbor. An old farm house, but a great way to spend the day. Bring the kids, they will learn about the real history of Staten Island. Enjoy a great day out with the family.

Visited January 2012
Thank Jim H
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New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
36 attraction reviews
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“nice area”
Reviewed January 5, 2012

nice area for events, good weather permitting...great place to take kids for festivals

Visited January 2012
1 Thank Sead0g
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Long Island, NY
Level 4 Contributor
18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Important National Treasure that often goes overlooked....”
Reviewed November 28, 2011

Both NYC resident and visitor alike, often associate Staten Island mostly with the scenic free ferry ride to and from Manhattan. It's too bad that so many have missed a very important and fascinating National Historic Landmark dating back to 1680 that exists on the far southwestern end of the Island in Tottenville.
The Conference House is not a convention center or a place to hear people speak. Among the many historic reasons to visit here, chief among them is the fact that the very existence of the USA and World history might have taken a major detour if the "Conference" that took place here in Sept 1776 between British Lord Howe and three signers of the Declaration of Independence: Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Edward Rutledge, had not failed.

The 3 Founding Fathers secretly crossed Raritan Bay from Perth Amboy, NJ to listen to a Peace proposal from Lord Howe in an attempt to avoid a war with Britain.
The Founding Fathers took a considerable risk in leaving the safety of the Patriot-held Perth Amboy. If this meeting had resulted in a successful plan for peace - the history of the world would have evolved in a very different way. The "Shot heard 'round the World..."
might have been substantially muted.

In addition to the awesome history to be found and contemplated here, Colonel Billop, a British Loyalist and owner of the Home, was actually was responsible for Staten Island being considered part of NY State instead of the much closer New Jersey by winning a bet that he could circumnavigate the Island in one day - and he did!

The House is open limited hours but is located on a hill overlooking Raritan Bay and is a surprisingly beautiful location. The house is remarkably well-restored and though the furniture within are not original, they are mostly from the Revolutionary War era.

If this house were located closer to the heart of NYC or closer to the Ferry Terminal on the Northern end of Staten Island, I suspect that the Conference House would be a far more visited attraction.

Even if one does not have an automobile to visit, the Staten island Rapid Transit is a good alternative. It begins its run at the St. George Ferry Terminal and it ends its run in Tottenville. Its a modest walk from the Tottenville SIRT to the Conference House.

Visited November 2011
2 Thank Sheldon L
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