Queens County Farm Museum

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Farmhouse

The Queens County Farm Museum is located on 47 acres (190,000 m2) of the New York City neighborhood of Floral Park, Queens. The address is 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, New York, 11004. This historic farm occupies the city's largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland (in operation since 1697), and is still a working farm today. The site features restored farm buildings from three different centuries, a greenhouse, planting fields, livestock, and various examples of vintage farm equipment. Queens Farm practices sustainable agriculture and has a four-season growing program. The museum includes the Adriance Farmhouse which is a New York City Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. Free guided tours of the farmhouse are offered to the public Saturdays and Sundays year-round. Hayrides are offered on weekends (Sat & Sun) from April thru October. An on-site seasonal farmstand featuring Queens Farm vegetables takes place every Wednesday thru Sunday (12-5) from June thru October. For more information on public programs at Queens County Farm Museum, visit http://www.queensfarm.org.

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The farm was privately owned by a Dutch family, the Adriances, from 1697 to 1808. Their three-room farmhouse, built in 1772, has been restored and still stands. After 1808, a series of families owned the farm as it continued to evolve from a colonial homestead to a modern "truck farming" or market gardening business. Under its last private farmer, Daniel Stattel, it became, by 1900, "the second largest [farm] in size in Queens County and the highest in dollar value...assessed at 32,000 dollars." [1] In 1926, the Stattels sold the farm to real estate investor Pauline Reisman, who, in turn, later that year sold it to Creedmoor State Hospital, which used it for occupational therapy, to stock its kitchen, and to grow ornamental plants for the rest of the hospital campus. In 1975, state legislation authored by Frank Padavan transferred ownership of the farm from the hospital to the New York City Department of Parks, for the purpose of starting a museum. [2]

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Coordinates: 40°44′54″N 73°43′21″W / 40.748379°N 73.722612°W / 40.748379; -73.722612 (Queens County Farm Museum)