Upcoming Events

NEW!!!!  We are now open on Sundays from 12 to 4 PM and on Wednesdays from 3 to 7 PM; in addition to our regular Saturday hours from 1 to 5 PM.  Guided Tours available.  Suggested Donation $3.00.     Like us on FACEBOOK for updates

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Hours:   HOURS  - Saturdays  1 - 5 PM, Sundays 12 - 4 PM, Wednesdays 3 - 7 PM.    History and Geneaology Resource Rooms are also open. Guided and self-guided tours available.  Suggested Donation $3.00 per person.  Members are free. Veterans and Active Service members are free.  First floor and bathroom facilities are accessible for individuals with disabilities.  

EXHIBITS:  Richard Asbell has re-installed our permanent exhibit, “Unearthed at the Onderdonk House – Artifacts from the 1970's Archaeology Investigations” and added additional material including photos of the other colonial houses along Flushing Avenue.

"New Amsterdam Festival Exhibit - All about the Tulip", Richard Asbell, curator.  Some curious facts about tulips plus an original painting by Richard Asbell. 

"What is Archaeology?" - Exhibit on tools, methodology and GRHS archtifacts, in particular, stained glass from Louis Comfort Tiffany factory in Corona, Chrysalis Archaeology and Arianna Stimpfl, curators

AUGUST 19TH -  Annual Membership Meeting - 5 PM. Election of Directors, Annual Report for 2016-2017.

AUGUST 19TH - Battle of Brooklyn Event - 1-5 PM.  Evergreen Cemetery, Glendale.

JULY 29TH-30th - “HOUSE OF YES” ART FESTIVAL, NOON to 9 PM.  Art, performance art, music – www.HouseofYes.org 

AUGUST 20th –  “HOUSE OF YES” ART FESTIVAL, NOON to 9 PM.  Art, performance art, music – www.HouseofYes.org

SEPTEMBER 16TH-17TH – VARIANCE MUSIC AND ART FESTIVAL, Contemporary music and art, refreshments – www.variancefestival.com 

OCTOBER 8TH – HARVEST FEST, Noon – 5pm   Pumpkins for children, candle making, cider making, colonial crafts, games, pumpkin painting, music, tours of the Onderdonk House, refreshments

 

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The Vander Ende-Onderdonk House, located in Ridgewood on the border of Queens and Brooklyn, is the oldest Dutch Colonial stone house in New York City. Peter Stuyvesant granted the land it sits on in the mid-seventeenth century, and by 1660, Hendrick Barents Smidt occupied a small house on the site. In 1709, Paulus Vander Ende of Flatbush purchased the farm and began construction of the current house. The building was a prominent marker in the 1769 settlement of the boundary dispute between Bushwick in Kings County and Newtown in Queens County.

During the 1820's, Adrian Onderdonk erected a small frame addition to the stone house immediately above the remnants of the foundation of the 1660 building. Its architectural features are typical of Dutch buildings in this period: a gambrel roof, Dutch doors, central hallway and double hung windows with shutters.

The Greater Ridgewood Historical Society was established in 1975 by a group of local residents to prevent the demolition of the Vander Ende Onderdonk House. From 1975 until 1981, the GRHS raised funds to reconstruct the house which had been seriously damaged by fire, and in 1976, published a history of the greater Ridgewood area, entitled Our Community, Its History and People. With the help of Federal, State and local funds, the Onderdonk House was opened to the public in 1982.

In 1977, the House and property were listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and in 1978, granted the same status on the New York State Register. The House was given New York City landmark status in June of 1995. 

The House serves as a museum for a permanent exhibit on the archaeology of the Onderdonk site, as well as changing exhibits relating to history, the arts and culture. The Society also maintains a history and genealogical research library, and offers many cultural events annually, including: guided house tours, history lectures and programs, genealogy workshops, craft classes and special events, such as St. Nicholas Day and other Dutch celebrations. The history and location of the house provide a rich educational and cultural experience for visitors.  Click here for the NYC Landmarks and Preservation Historic Designation.  

Our programs are supported by public service contracts from the City of New York, Department of Cultural Affairs, with the support of Council Members Antonio Reynoso and Elizabeth Crowley, and the membership and friends of the Society.

If you would like to receive notices about upcoming events, send your email address to ridgewoodhistoricalsociety@gmail.com (our legacy email info@onderdonkhouse.org is currently disabled and is not available) and we will add you to our distribution list.