Bicycle tour started with a short presentation about the Dutch-American architectural history of early Brooklyn by historian Walter R. Wheeler. Participants then departed for a 3-hour tour through the former towns of Flatlands, Gravesend, and Flatbush, before returning to Prospect Park. Along the way five Dutch Farmhouses were visited:
◊ Wyckoff House Museum / Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House (c. 1652)
◊ Hendrick Lott House (c. 1720)
◊ Elias Hubbard Ryder House (c. 1834)
◊ Wyckoff-Bennett Homestead (c. 1766)
◊ Site of former Vanderveer-Cortelyou House (c. 1787)
If you would like to do the tour yourself, you can find the online tour here.
Historical Data & Maps
The bicycle tour is part of the Historical Data & Maps meetup series of the NYPL, a series of public workshops and talks, which focusses on making new maps by using and combining old data from the NYPL Digital Collection to tell new stories about New York City’s history. The Historical Data & Maps is part of NYPL’s NYC Space/Time Directory; a project which makes urban history accessible through a set of resources including a searchable atlas of New York’s past and a historical location directory linking New York Public Library collections together in a historical and geographic context.
This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.