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The Secrets of Inwood, Prehistoric NYC Neighborhood

Jul 24 | Fri |

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If you were to take a time machine back to 18th-century Manhattan, you would come across lush forests, rolling hills, an abundance of wildlife, and small Dutch family farms scattered throughout the countryside. While most of that rural beauty has vanished thanks to 300 years of industrialization, one neighborhood has largely stood the test of time in the face of a rapidly changing city.

Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the rich history and story of Inwood, Manhattan island's most northern neighborhood that has managed to preserve much of its pre-NYC landscape.

Led by Don Rice — author, local historian, and Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Alliance Board President — our virtual journey surrounding Inwood will include:

- Pivotal moments in the neighborhood's history, from a Revolutionary War battle in 1776, to Eliza Hamilton and the Hamilton Free School, to the establishment of Inwood Hill Park

- The real story behind the 'sale' of NYC when Peter Minuit — director-general of the Dutch colony of New Netherland — supposedly purchased the island of Manhattan from the Lenape Indians for 60 Dutch guilders and some trinkets

- A discussion around the 1784 Dyckman Farmhouse, which is the last remaining Dutch Colonial style farmhouse in Manhattan (and one of the oldest structures in all of NYC)

- How Inwood's ancient landscape remained largely preserved despite big real-estate deals, the street grid, and notorious urban planner Robert Moses

Afterward, we'll have a Q&A session with Don — any and all questions about Inwood are welcomed and encouraged!

See you there, virtually!

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***A full replay will be available after the experience for all registered guests


"Don Rice knows everything about Inwood. Great stories and maps, photos, news articles. I didn't know there were mansions on Inwood Hill!" -Carolin

"We learned a lot about Inwood's history. It was touching to know more about our neighborhood." -Tom

"Full of info, pictures and photos. Content was presented in a timeline that was easy to follow" -Robin

"Interesting information that I shared immediately with friends." -Greer

"The information was fascinating! He is a good speaker; great slides that helped tell the story" -Carlyn

"Super informative, great pace- sounded like a true expert" -Liz

"My family greatly enjoyed all the insights and information shared by a wonderful presenter." -Liliana

"The knowledgeable presenter covered the academic topic so it was accessible to me. The graphics, photos and maps were terrific. Liked the relaxed, friendly atmosphere." -Leslie

"It was informative, the presentation was well organized, and the presenter clearly really cared about the subject matter." -Robyn

"So much history! I loved learning about the trajectory of the Hamilton School. My husband loved the maps. We have lived in Inwood for 48 years. We have heard Don before but thought this forum was stellar. No distractions, plenty of time to look at documents and pictures." -Fern

"The massive amount of super interesting information. He was well organized, great speaker, excellent photos and documents." -Regina

"The presenter told the history of Inwood like a great storyteller. With each new detail explained I was anxious to find out what happens next." -Joan

Venue: New York Adventure Club

136 E 55th Street Map