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Upcoming: Guided Tour of Weeksville

June 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

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If you’re looking for a fun way to check out historic Weeksville, then think about the Brooklyn Historical Society-sponsored tour coming up on Saturday, June 14. Here’s some info:

Walkabout Weeksville: Guided walking tour of Weeksville Neighborhood by the Society for the Preservation of Weeksville. The Hunterfly Road Houses, located on a Native American path that became a Dutch colonial road, are examples of the homes of 19th century free African Americans in the urban North. The Houses were continuously inhabited from their construction until their acquisition by the Weeksville Society in 1968. Named for James Weeks, who bought the land in 1838, Weeksville was settled by African Americans who migrated there from all over the east coast after slavery was abolished in New York State in 1827. Weeksville became an economic, political and cultural center of African America during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Weeksville Heritage Center offers a variety of thematic house tours year-round. Check the website for additional information. Meet at Weeksville Hunterfly Houses on Bergen Street between Buffalo and Rochester Avenues. Admission: $10 members, $15 non-members, $5 children.

It’s a very cool place to check out if you’ve never been.

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