Lefferts Historic House
Lefferts Historic House is an 18th-century farmhouse and New York City Landmark that features a working garden, historic artifacts, period rooms and exhibits. The museum focuses on the lives of the people that lived and worked on the land including the Lenape, Dutch settlers and enslaved Africans. Through hands-on experiences, cultural performances, and imaginative play, visitors learn about the rich history of Brooklyn and also gather together to celebrate the diversity of our community today. Prospect Park Alliance and the Historic House Trust of New York City jointly operate and preserve this important piece of New York City’s past.
Lefferts Historic House is currently closed for a restoration by Prospect Park Alliance, made possible through $2.5 million in funding from the Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council, which will enable the Alliance to replace the roof, restore the exterior of the building, and repair paths and drainage surrounding the house. In timing with the restoration, the Alliance is re-envisioning its mission and programming to recognize the role the house played as a site of slavery, and tell the stories of enslaved Africans and Native Americans who lived and worked the land. The Alliance will be partnering with leading researchers, community leaders and cultural organizations to identify and create innovative programming for the restored museum.