Lefferts Historic House

Lefferts Historic House Museum
Established 1920
Location Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York, United States
Website https://www.prospectpark.org/visit-the-park/places-to-go/lefferts-historic-house/

The Lefferts Historic House, located within Brooklyn's Prospect Park is the former home of Continental Army Lieutenant Pieter Lefferts built circa 1783. It currently operates as a museum of family life in Brooklyn in the 1820s. The museum is part of the Historic House Trust,[1] owned by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and operated by the Prospect Park Alliance. It is a City Landmark.


Pieter Lefferts built the house in 1783 and it was located on Flatbush Avenue near Maple Street.[2] Upon Pieter's death, the house passed to his son John, and then John's daughter Gertrude Lefferts Vanderbilt, who wrote about her family, her community and the house in her 1881 book, The Social History of Flatbush.[3] The house remained in the Lefferts family for at least four generations.

Development was threatening Brooklyn's rural setting by the end of the 19th Century and in 1917, John Lefferts' estate offered the family's home to the City of New York with the condition that the house be moved onto city property as a means of protection and historic preservation. The house was moved six blocks to Prospect Park[2] in 1918 and in 1920, the Fort Greene chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution opened the house as a museum.[4]

Lefferts Historic House operates a children's museum highlighting of family life in Brooklyn in the 1820s [5] including the Dutch and Native Americans who lived in the area.[6]

Additional tours

Every weekend, there are tours of the upstairs rooms. On Fathers Day and on Openhousenewyork weekend, there are additional behind the scenes tours of the attic and basement areas.

See also


  1. Historic House Trust
  2. 1 2 "Lefferts Historic House, Prospect Park". New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Retrieved 2008-03-21.
  3. Lefferts Vanderbilt, Gertrude (1881). The Social History of Flatbush: And Manners and Customs of the Dutch Settlers in Kings County. Flatbush, New York: Frederick Loeser. p. 391.
  4. "Lefferts Homestead". The Historic House Trust of New York City. Retrieved 2008-03-21.
  5. Laurel Graeber (2005-09-16). "Another Star Vehicle Has Its Revival". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-21.
  6. Marissa Pareles (2004-03-23). "Close-Up on Prospect-Lefferts". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2008-03-21.
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Coordinates: 40°39′52″N 73°57′50″W / 40.664323°N 73.963802°W / 40.664323; -73.963802

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