Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead

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Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead, East Elmhurst Queens, NYC historic houses
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Images: Lent-Riker-Smith homestead via Marion Duckworth Smith (L); The Couch Doctor (R)

Events, Historic Homes, History, Queens

Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead, East Elmhurst Queens, NYC historic houses

In a world where you can virtually tour real estate listings, it’s nice to know that the good, old-fashioned house tour hasn’t gone out of style. And this Saturday, one of the oldest homes in Queens is opening its doors for a tour of its refurbished interior, exceptional gardens, and historic cemetery.

The Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead in East Elmhurst was built circa 1656 by Abraham Riker, an early settler of New Amsterdam. Its current owner Marion Duckworth Smith still lives in the home, which makes the property the oldest private residence in the borough. She and her late husband Michael Smith began restoring the home in 1980, and since then Smith has offered the occasional tour, giving guests a glimpse into the Riker burial ground, which holds the remains of 132 descendants, the interior living areas, and the picturesque gardens, which include a gazebo and workshop designed to look like a gingerbread house.

More on the house’s history and the upcoming tour

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