The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum
can be found sitting high above the corner of Broadway at 204th Street in Inwood. The Dutch Colonial style farmhouse was built on this site c. 1784. It was home to the Dyckman family for almost a century. It opened as a museum in 1916 and continues to serve the community in a half-acre park. It is an extraordinary reminder of early Manhattan and an important part of its diverse Inwood neighborhood.
Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, the last farmhouse in Manhattan, is a vital cultural asset in New York City. The mission of DFMA is to support the preservation of the historic site, to be a catalyst for engaging, adventuresome programming and to be a good neighbor and a dynamic resource for the community.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Maria Asteinza | Adele Bartlett | Juan Brizuela | Laura Bedrossian|
Juan Camilo | Kinsey Dyckman | Hannah Marek | John Mignone | Daniel Patterson | Don Rice
Meredith Horsford, Executive Director
Fabiola Cáceres, Director of Education
Melissa Kiewiet, Director of Development & Community Engagement
Statement of Solidarity and Action
2020 has been an incredibly difficult year, but the past few weeks have felt especially heavy. As an African American woman, recent horrifying events make me think about my family and especially my children and what topics I feel that I must discuss with them at a very young age. I wonder how we can make the future better so that the next generation does not have to suffer what so many are going through right now.
The Farmhouse has witnessed 236 years of history (some positive, some negative) and the development of the community that we now call Inwood/Dyckman has changed dramatically. The theft of native land, slavery, war, waves of immigration from numerous countries, infrastructure development, and a changing built environment are impactful events that have shaped our community. We acknowledge the race-based violence of the enslaved black men, women, and children who inhabited the Dyckman Farmhouse unwillingly by their Dutch masters as well as throughout American colonial history. Today we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement to continue to spread anti-racist beliefs through the museum’s narrative, programming, and throughout our community.
George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and so many others lost their lives to systematic violent racism. Their lives mattered and continue to matter. Francis Cudjoe, Gilbert Horton, Hannah, Harey, Blossum, and Will. These are the names of a few of the enslaved people who lived and worked in this Farmhouse here in Northern Manhattan. Their lives mattered and continue to matter.
The staff and Board at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum have a strong commitment to social justice and continue to develop projects to move the community and American history forward, including our DyckmanDISCOVERED initiative, which creates an inclusive historical narrative, fosters a sense of transparency, and creates an open dialog about these important topics with our visitors. We are proud to be a part of a diverse community where numerous languages are spoken, different foods are eaten, multiple cultures are celebrated and all genders come together. That is what makes our community so special.
Meredith S. Horsford
Dyckman Farmhouse Museum