Description

This Dutch Colonial farmhouse, built circa 1652, is the oldest existing family home in the city. A modest structure of pine floorboards, a shingled exterior and a gable roof, it is considered typical of its time. The oldest part of the house, the kitchen, has a low ceiling designed to retain heat in winter. Several stripped walls throughout show the mode of construction: wooden slats filled with insulating brick and mud covered in plaster. Pieter Claesen Wyckoff arrived in New Netherland in 1637 as an illiterate indentured servant. He went on to become a magistrate, a successful farmer and the wealthiest citizen of New Amersfoort, later the town of Flatlands. His descendants occupied the house until 1902. The city came into possession of it in 1970.

On display are the original fireplace with tiles imported from Holland in the 1660s, as well as a kas, or Dutch cupboard, a spinning wheel and a 17th-century pistol. The kitchen garden contains plantings popular during the colonial era. The museum sometimes mounts small exhibits such as Domestic Life in Colonial Brooklyn. There are also children's programs and demonstrations on period craftsmanship.

Families

The museum conducts tours, public events series and educational programs depicting domestic life during Colonial times. The museum also offers demonstrations of period crafts and a variety of children's programs. Groups of six or more must make an appointment for a group visit. Call for more information.

School/Groups

The museum offers a variety of educational programs depicting domestic life during Colonial times for school groups, including tours and demonstrations of period crafts, Tuesday through Friday mornings. Call for more information.