The Conference House

The Conference House, Staten Island: Hours, Address, The Conference House Reviews: 4/5

The Conference House
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13:00 - 16:00
Friday
13:00 - 16:00
Saturday
13:00 - 16:00
Sunday
13:00 - 16:00
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Benjamin Franklin and John Adams met at this house early in the Revolutionary War with British Admiral Richard Howe to discuss whether an end to the war could be negotiated.
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Mary
Brookline, MA1 contribution
Disappointed, no masks
Sep 2020
This park was really great, beautiful setting and nice trails. However, not one person at the playground had on a mask, since our visit it is listed as Covid-19 hotspot. Very disappointing, grandchildren could not play . Wait til 2022 to go!
Written 12 November 2020
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Vansise
Staten Island, NY30 contributions
Hidden Gem
Jul 2020 • Family
Beautiful spot at the very end of Staten Island,NY. History dating back to the Revolutionary War. Hiking trails, wildlife,coastline and a beautiful new promenade. Pack a picnic and enjoy.
Written 29 July 2020
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SuzyQu15
Brooklyn, NY1,266 contributions
Christmas Tour of House and Marketplace
Dec 2018 • Couples
Visited this house during the one day Christmas House Tour and Market. The house is located on beautiful grounds with a fantastic water view, which unfortunately was obscured by fog and rain on our visit. This colonial house was decorated for Christmas, with costumed guides available for questions. This is a self guided tour of two floors of the rather small house. Downstairs in the rustic basement vendors were selling various items. There were also some vendors in the Visitors Center. Unfortunately the market was not as large as I had hoped. However, the visit made for a nice afternoon and the $3 per person donation went to this very worthwhile fundraiser. A piece of history kept alive!
Written 5 December 2018
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vlcnyc21
Staten Island, NY228 contributions
Nice place to take a stroll
Nov 2018 • Family
Nice area, not much offered. Nice beach access by the park. The house itself is a little interesting. The gardens are small. There was a meeting here that accomplished nothing.
Other then that you have an old house and a nice hunk of land.
Written 12 November 2018
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DiFred
New York142 contributions
Walking trails all around the Conference House.
Oct 2018 • Couples
You can either walk, run or bike along the trails. The exhibits are always very interesting and they change often. Right now they have a Daughters of the Revolution exhibit. The Conference House sits up on a hill overlooking the Arthur Kill Waterway. Very peaceful place to sit and walk around.
Written 3 October 2018
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Rich L
Sevierville, TN370 contributions
A Very Historic Spot
Sep 2018 • Couples
The Billop House or Conference House is a wonderful spot to visit. Steeped in history with beautiful surroundings, you can spend an afternoon relaxing and viewing the house and grounds. Take Hylan Blvd to Tottenville at the southernmost end of the island and enjoy. Recommend.
Written 23 September 2018
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mikejromano
Staten Island, NY68 contributions
still one of the borough's great historical attractions
Feb 2017 • Solo
during the american revolution, ben franklin and his team did shanghai the british while meeting here. period rooms and artifacts are in tact. biggest reservations, though, is that is located a good 75 minute bus or train ride from si ferry, and hours are erratic.. check before making the voage.
Written 22 January 2018
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Peter F
Staten Island, NY1,576 contributions
Historic Building
Oct 2017 • Family
The Conference House dates back to the Revolutionary War. It is one of the oldest buildings on Staten Island. It has a rich history and ice grounds. it is at the extreme southern tip of Staten Island.
Written 20 December 2017
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Richie B
Naples, FL133 contributions
Southernmost point in NY State and very historical site!
Aug 2017 • Couples
The Conference House and the surrounding site is worth exploring. Walking on the trails by the visitors center was really relaxing, right on the waterfront, even saw a friendly groundhog and this is NYC...LOL! The Conference House was a $4 admission and we got a personal tour by an older couple, main-floor, upstairs and ground-floor basement.House was built 1675 and had Revolutionary peace conference on Sept. 11, 1776. With Edward Rutledge, John Adams, Lord Howe and Benjamin Franklin attendance among others, but the conference failed. Owned & Occupied by a Torry named Captain Christopher Billopp, was called Billopp house, really a beautiful estate. Wonderful views! Must See...
Written 21 August 2017
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dmbia
Iowa220 contributions
A chore to get to, but a very nice tour
Aug 2017 • Solo
I used public transportation to get around New York, That worked well most of the time, but it was quite a chore to get to the extreme southern end of Staten Island. The options are basically taking the Staten Island Railroad to the end of the line and then following the rather complicated walking directions given on the Conference House's website or taking an express bus from the end of a subway line in Brooklyn and then transferring to a local bus. (The bus ends up about a block away from the building, but it takes longer.) It doesn't help that the place is open very limited hours, so you need to time things carefully.

That said, it was worth the effort to come here. The woman who gave me my tour was both knowledgeable and friendly. She did a good job of describing both life in colonial days and the specific historical importance of this particular building. I'm glad I came.
Written 9 August 2017
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The Conference House is open:
  • Fri - Sun 13:00 - 16:00