We are happy to offer Tottenville's first self-guided walking tour brochures, "Amboy Road-Main Street" and "Amboy Road." The buildings on these tours were selected to give you a sense of Tottenville's architectural history. We invite you to explore Tottenville and see some of these unique and interesting homes and buildings, many still standing from the days of sea captains and oystermen. Several buildings retain their original architectural details, while others offer just a hint of what used to be.
Tottenville is easily reached by public transportation. So leave the car at home, put your walking shoes on, and come and spend an afternoon with us here in Tottenville!
Note: Many private homes are on the tours. Please observe courtesy. The information contained in the walking tour brochure may not be used or reproduced without the written consent of the Tottenville Historical Society.
Walking Tour #1: Amboy Road-Main Street©
The town of Tottenville developed when John Totten, Jr. built a general store and dock at the foot of Main Street (formerly Totten St. ) on the waterfront. Lower Main St. quickly developed into the business center of the village. Middle Main St., known as "Quality Row," was lined with majestic trees and stately homes built by sea captains and oystermen.
Walk the same path as Tottenville's founding families to Amboy Road, one of the oldest roads on Staten Island. Early property deeds describe Amboy Road as "the road that leads to the ferry," referring to the original site of Tottenville-Perth Amboy ferry service at the end of the road.
Walking Tour #2: Amboy Road©
Our second walking tour brochure titled "Amboy Road" spotlights the diverse religious institutions located within the community. Six of the town's eight houses of worship are located along Amboy Road, one of Staten Island's oldest roads. Several of Tottenville's oldest houses, still intact, can be seen along this route. New and old, large and small, commercial and residential....Amboy Road has it all!
Walking Tour #3: Historic Biddle's Grove©
A group tour is scheduled for Saturday, October 11, 2014. Start time: 11am, Tottenville train station (Bentley St.)
Explore the history and architecture of Historic Biddle's Grove, a summer resort area first developed by Henry Hogg Biddle in the 1850s.
Organized in conjunction with Conference House Park and Open House NY weekend. Tour continues along Hopping Avenue ending at the Biddle House in Conference House Park where more events await you! Bring a lunch to enjoy in the Park after the tour if you wish.
Advance reservations are required; group size is limited. To sign up: email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact us at 718-887-9125 for more information or to arrange a group tour.