This is the former residence of one of America’s earliest and most prolific female photographers. The home was originally built in 1690’s/early 1700’s by her grandfather, located on the shores of New York Harbor with the world’s most famous city just yonder.  A Pioneer in her time, she was one of the first women photographers in this country to work outside the confines of a studio.  A naturalist with a keen sense to capture the essence of people and places Ms. Austen was before time.  She did not have any children and never married, though spent fifty years with Gertrude Tate.

Today the home operates as a museum displaying the creative collection of this American photographic icon.  The house fosters creative expression, exploring personal identity and educates and inspires the public through the interpretation of the photographs, life and historic home.  Visitors can come and experience photographs that depict a vast range of life in the Victorian age of New York, including innovations like bicycles and quarantine stations where masses of new immigrants were housed on the way to their new home in America.


Fun Fact: She was a landscape designer, a master tennis player, and the first woman on Staten Island to own a car.


Tour Length:

45 Minutes to 1 Hour



DEPARTURE TIMEPlease arrive by 8:15 AM for a prompt departure at 8:30 AM.
RETURN TIMEApproximately 6:30 PM.
WEARComfortable clothing.
Professional Tour Guide1 hour of free time
Transportation in mini-coach
Meal Gratuties
Instructor gratuity




8.30 AM – 9.30 AM: Transportation

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9.30 AM – 11.00 AM: Training


11.00 AM – 2.00 PM: Staten Island


2 PM – 2.30 PM: Meals


2.30 PM – 4.30 PM: Staten Island


4.30 PM – 5.30 PM: Staten Island


5.30 PM – 6.30 PM: Staten Island

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