Group/School Walking Tours

Walking History

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South Street Seaport Museum tells the story of how New York’s great natural harbor gave rise to the metropolis we know today. From Lenape villages, to the early Dutch settlements, to the colonial town of New Amsterdam, to the growing city of New York, the story of this land through time is the story of the waterfront. Practice your map skills and walk our history!

Take a walk back in time to the colonial outpost that became New York City. Starting at Fulton Street and walking through Lower Manhattan to the site of old Fort Amsterdam, students discover traces of Dutch colonial life in our modern city through images, documents, artifacts, archeologic finds, and the street plan itself.
Did you know that in Colonial New York almost half the white families owned slaves? And that one in every five New Yorkers was of African descent? Take a walk back in time to discover how lower New York and the Seaport were central to African enslavement and also to the road to freedom, and how Africans helped shape our city.
Ships from all over the world, businesses of all kinds, and communities of people of all backgrounds, all worked together to build New York. On this walking tour, historic images, documents, artifacts, a working print shop, and clues in the buildings themselves all tell their story to the observant student.
The streets and sites of Lower Manhattan tell the story of New York during the Revolution – the ships and seaport that were the center of trade and taxation disputes, the green where the statue of King George was raised and then toppled, buildings and street corners where futures were debated and history made. Images, documents, artifacts, streets, and buildings all help tell the story of this era.
New York had a complicated relationship with the South. Much of the economy was tied to Southern crops farmed by slave labor, and the outbreak of the Civil War meant big changes for rich and poor alike. Explore the financial district while analyzing primary sources to see how trade and commerce affected New York’s relationship to the South, and how New Yorkers reacted to the war.

All programs are designed for groups of up to 34 students (40 people maximum including chaperones).
All programs are aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards and New York State Social Studies Scope and Sequence.
Programs can be customized to meet your curricular goals and the needs of your students. Other topics include city and port history, the harbor estuary environment, and the physics of boats.
Reservations and advance payment required. Limited scholarships are available.

To book a program, or for more information please e-mail or call (212)-748-8753

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