Prospect Park is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and in honor of the occasion the Prospect Park Alliance is offering a tour of one of special places in the park.
The Lefferts Historic House, the 18th century farmhouse located near the Willink entrance to Prospect Park, is giving participants the chance for a behind the scenes tour. The exploration of the house will include information about Dutch-American architecture and the ways that Brooklyn has changed over the centuries. Participants will also be able to glimpse the rarely accessible collection storage areas to see some objects up close.
Pieter Lefferts built the house around 1783 and it was originally located a bit further east on Flatbush Avenue, close to present-day Maple Street. The family home was offered to the City by the estate of a Lefferts descendant in 1917, with the condition that it be moved so the property could be developed. The City accepted the house and moved it to Prospect Park — the house was opened as a museum in 1920.
The tour will take place on Sunday, August 13 and run from 12 to 1 p.m. Lefferts Historic House is located at 452 Flatbush Avenue in the Children’s Corner of Prospect Park. Tickets are available for $10, and can be purchased here.
[Photos by Susan De Vries]
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