It’s kind of like entering a time machine.
Directors Charles Sanchez and Linda Monte will offer candlelight tours of the Onderdonk House in Ridgewood on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Visitors will explore the property’s Colonial kitchen, Dutch Colonial architecture, and Arbitration Rock, a Volkswagen Beetle-size glacier boulder that allegedly marked the boundary between Newtown and Bushwick in 1769. (It’s now considered to be the division between Brooklyn and Queens, although some historians dispute its authenticity.)
As part of the fun, the Nick Russo Trio will perform original songs and popular jazz and R&B standards, while mulled cider will be served.
There is no formal charge, but a $5 donation is suggested. Children are free.
The museum, which is located at 1820 Flushing Ave., will host a similar night with candlelight tours and live music with Eden Lane Jazz on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Formally called the “Vander-Ende Onderdonk House,” the property has federal, state and city landmark status. It’s the oldest Dutch-American farmhouse in New York City with heavy fieldstone walls, a wooden-shingle gambrel roof, double Dutch doors and large brick chimneys. The interior features exposed posts and beams with wooden floors.
The residence was built by Paulus Vander Ende, a Dutch farmer, in the early 1700s. A smaller wooden wing was added much later. In the early 1800s, the Onderdonk family purchased the property.
Photos courtesy of Onderdonk House