The Valentine-Varian House serves as the Museum of Bronx History. This restored 1758 fieldstone house was captured during the Revolutionary War by British Colonel Robert Rogers, who used it as his headquarters for the remainder of the war. It is designed in a symmetrical Georgian vernacular style, with evenly placed windows and identical chimneys at either end.
Inside, the rooms mirror each other across a central hallway. Sections of the house retain the original floorboards, hand-forged nails and homemade mortar used by its builder and first owner, blacksmith Isaac Valentine. In 1792, Valentine sold the house and surrounding 260 acres to butcher and farmer Isaac Varian, whose family kept it for decades.
The Bronx County Historical Society uses exhibits at the Valentine-Varian House to focus on the larger history of the Bronx, from the time when Native Americans were the only inhabitants to the present day. Exhibit tours and neighborhood walking tours are offered.
School groups discover the history of the Bronx through guided visits to the Valentine-Varian House, neighborhood walking tours, participatory theme programs and activities involving storytelling, mapmaking, field trips and crafts. A number of resource guides outlining classroom projects for teachers is available, along with a pre-arranged visit to the historical society's research library. Programs offered in Spanish and for special education groups.
School Program Location: At facility and at schools & other locations
School admission: $3 adults, $2 seniors and students