Sandy Ground Historical Society Library Museum


Credit: Vinnie Amesse

The Underground Railroad makes a stop on Staten Island

As the oldest continuously inhabited free Black settlement in the United States, Sandy Ground is a place of great historical significance.
 
Founded in the early 19th Century, the community arose from a settlement of free Blacks from New York, Maryland, and Delaware. By harvesting oysters and farming, this fledgling community was able to thrive and became a safe haven on the Underground Railroad. 
 
Today, Sandy Ground is home to ten families that are descendents of original settlers. The museum educates and inspires the public with exhibitions, photographs, and art documenting the history of Sandy Ground and African Americans. A visit to Sandy Ground guarantees a lesson in our Nation’s history.
 
Hours
Tuesday through Thursday, and Sunday, 1pm-4pm.
 
Admission
$7 Adults
$5 Seniors and children
 
 
 

Address
1538 Woodrow Road
Staten Island, NY
718.317.5796
Directions
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