Living History - South Shore
The Underground Railroad makes a stop on Staten Island. As the oldest continuously inhabited free Black settlement in the United States, Sandy Ground is a place of great historical significance that you don’t want to miss. Also visit the Seguine-Burke Mansion, a beautiful example of antebellum architecture right in NYC!
Seguine–Burke Mansion (Tours are available by appointment only. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information) & Lemon Creek Park
Sandy Ground Historical Society (Tuesday – Thursday & Sunday) 1-4p.m.* Group tours may be scheduled Monday-Friday from 10a.m. – 1p.m.*)
Clay Pits Pond National Park Reserve
Full Day Option
(Prior to this trip make an appointment with Seguine-Burke Mansion for the early afternoon. Also ask about their horse-back riding lessons)
Get on the 10a.m. Staten Island Ferry at the Whitehall Terminal. Arrive at the St. George Ferry Terminal and take the Staten Island Railroad to the Princes’ Bay stop. Before continuing to the Seguine-Burke Mansion, stop for lunch at Fratelli’s Pizzeria or Cucumber Sushi & Salad Bar. After lunch, walk south on Seguine Avenue for about 20 minutes, also passing Staten Island University Hospital. The Seguine Mansion is visible from Hank Place or from Seguine Avenue near Wilbur Street. Tour the mansion and awe at its Greek revival architecture. The house is located in Lemon Creek Park and also sports its own equestrian center. The park has trails, playgrounds and access to the beach. Walk the park and take in the nature before heading for dinner and drinks at Lily’s Red. Walk back to Hylan Boulevard/Seguine Avenue to take the S78 bus back to the terminal.
(If you have a group of 4 or more, appointments can be made for tours between 10a.m.-1p.m. If that is the choice, catch an earlier boat).
Get on the 10 or 10:30 a.m. Staten Island Ferry at the Whitehall Ferry Terminal noting views of the Statue of Liberty and the Lower East Side. Arrive at the St. George Ferry Terminal and take the S74 Bus at Ramp B to the Woodrow Rd/Winant Ave stop. Walk to the right and cross the street to arrive at the Sandy Ground Historical Society – the oldest continuously inhabited free black community in the United States. Tour the arts, crafts, and music of the museum which explains Sandy Ground’s history and life after the abolishment of slavery for the black community. After the tour, face the museum and head east on Woodrow Road and make a left on Bloomingdale. Walk for about 5-10 minutes and make a right on Sharrotts Road. Continue on Sharrotts Road until you reach the entrance to the Clay Pit Ponds Interpretative Center which will be on your right. The new Interpretive Center is a great starting place for visitors. From there, you can picnic, or hike on designated trails. After exploring, go back to Sharrotts Road and continue to get to Killmeyer’s Old Bavaria Inn for dinner. Walk to the Arthur Kill Road/Sharrotts Road bus stop and catch the S74 back to the St. George Ferry Terminal. If you are travelling with a group, a taxi is preferable.