The Queens County Farm Museum, A Place That Matters
October 26th, 2009, 5:14 pm
Dating from 1697, the Queens County Farm Museum at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway in Queens, is the longest continuously farmed plot of land in all of New York State. Spanning 47 acres, the site is also home to the largest remaining parcel of working farmland in New York City. The focal point of the farm museum is the “Jacob Adriance Farmhouse.” The oldest portion the house was built in 1772 and originally consisted of just three rooms. According to the 1976 landmark designation report, the design of this section of the house “reflects a mixture of Dutch colonial and New England influences common in old homes of Long Island where the two cultures met.” However, the house was altered through a sequence of additions as the property changed hands throughout the 19th century. Though it continued to operate as a farm, the house ceased to function as a private residence when it was purchased by the State in 1926. The Creedmoor State Hospital used the farm to grow fruit, vegetables, and plants, and also to rehabilitate psychiatric patients. Following dispossession of the property by the State, ownership of the farmhouse and its surrounding land was transferred to the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation in 1982. Today, the Queens County Farm Museum is operated by the Colonial Farmhouse Restoration Society of Bellerose, Inc., and it is a member of the Historic House Trust. The museum serves to educate New Yorkers about the agricultural and horticultural history of our city. While it offers programs and activities year round, a hayride to the pumpkin patch or the corn maze is an absolute must during the harvest season. To read the nomination for the Queens County Farm Museum, log on to Place Matters. Please tell your friends about these places of history, memory, and culture and invite them to join the Place Matters e-mail list. To learn more about the future of farming in New York City, you should join us next Tuesday, November 3, at the second annual Jane Jacobs Forum Re-Imagining New York: Designing Urban Farms to Feed New York City. Tickets are $15, $10 MAS members, and free to high-school and college students with I.D. Register or purchase tickets online or call Katie Skelly at 212-935-2075.