Free Admission Friday at Historic Richmond Town - see INFO below. Historic Richmond Town was founded as the Staten Island Historical Society in 1856. The institution still uses both names but is more popularly known as Historic Richmond Town. The museum's focus is to create opportunities for the public to explore the diversity of the American experience from the colonial period to the present. It's a remarkable living history town and museum complexHistoric Richmond Town relies on the history of Staten Island and its neighboring New York area communities to show how ordinary people of every background worked together for centuries to build an extraordinary country. Not being fixed to a specific time period, famous event or person makes us unique in that we can interpret the rich, diverse cultural tapestry of American life at any point in our history. In the mid-20th century, the Society embarked on an ambitious project to collect, preserve and interpret the material culture of our region. The result is that Historic Richmond Town has become a remarkable living history town and museum complex that evokes 350 years of history and culture. That complex includes NYC's oldest continuously working family farm and two other historic sites - including one of the oldest original houses in the country. There is no other place like it in New York City. Over 100,000 people visit the site each year to enjoy tours, education programs, museum exhibits and special events. More Info below.