Take a step back into time with a tour through the Historic Hunterfly Road Houses
Weeksville, part of the present-day neighborhoods of Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant, was an independent free black community, named for James Weeks. Weeks purchased property in 1838, along with other African American investors, in order to create an intentional landowning community. Continuing the legacy of self-determination, Weeksville's history was rediscovered in 1968 when urbanization threatened to erase the physical memory by destroying the few remaining historic homes. Instead, a grassroots preservation effort was led by James Hurley, Dewey Harley, Dolores McCullough, and Patricia Johnson, and eventually artist and activist, Joan Maynard to preserve the Hunterfly Road Houses and the memory of historic Weeksville.
PRE-SCHEDULED GROUP TOURS ARE AVAILABLE TUESDAY - THURSDAY.
WALK-IN TOURS ARE OFFERED TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AT 3PM.
- Adult - $8.00
- Senior (65 & over) & Student (with ID) - $6.00
- Children under 8 - Free
- Residents of zip codes: 11213 & 11233 (with ID) - Suggested donation
We accept the following passes:
- NY PASS (Admission built-in)
- Cool Culture Pass (Free for families)
- Business card/ID for museum professionals
To schedule a tour for groups of 6 or more, contact us via email, firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (718) 756-5250 ext. 319. For school groups, your tour can be booked via Explorable Places via the button below.
Due to the size of the historic homes, we can only accommodate 20 visitors n each home at a given time. If your group size exceeds 20 visitors, we will divide the group in half and conduct two tours concurrently. If this is the case for your group, you will be required to schedule your visit on Tuesday or Thursday when both Tour Educators are onsite.
PLEASE NOTE: We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule tours in the event of inclement weather and other extenuating conditions. The Historic Houses are not handicap accessible. We do not have cafeteria or dedicated spaces for lunch. Outdoor space may be available on a seasonal basis. We do not offer refunds to any no shows on the day of their scheduled group tour.
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Historic Hunterfly Road Houses
Existing during Weeksville’s heyday and still intact today, the historic houses located along an old Native American trail and, later, colonial road, are examples of homes of free people of color in the urban North. The homes have been continuously inhabited.
1860s Historic House
A single-story, double-house that contains furniture and other artifacts relating to the mid-19th century. Visitors learn about the agrarian village of Weeksville and its inhabitants during the Civil War era. During the 1863 New York City Draft Riots, Weeksville served as a refuge for African Americans escaping the violence in Lower Manhattan. At this time, residents enjoyed a self-sufficient life, participating in a variety of occupations and developing several important community institutions.
1900s Historic House
A two-story wood framed house that was inhabited by the Johnsons, an African American family of three generations that lived here in the 1900s. Visitors explore the themes of family life in the 1900s against a backdrop of increasing community diversity and national hostility towards African Americans, as well as learning about technological advances of turn-of-the-century America
1930s Historic House
The Williams family, who lived here from 1923 to 1968, stayed together during one of the toughest times in US history – The Great Depression. The artifacts in this house reflect those times and are based on actual furniture and objects that were owned by the Williams. The music, warmth, and stories of this family come alive during a visit to the home.
Finding the Clues: Weeksville Pre-Visit Packet (Elementary School)