Staten Island’s oldest gem: the Billiou-Stillwell-Perine House stands tall

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Staten Island harbors a historical treasure – the Billiou-Stillwell-Perine House. This Dutch Colonial structure, with sections dating back to the 1660s, is the borough’s (and one of New York City’s) oldest surviving buildings. Built by Pierre Billiou, a Huguenot who fled religious persecution, the house reflects the area’s Dutch colonial roots.

Over the centuries, the Stillwell and Perine families, subsequent owners of the home until the early 1900s, made additions. Today, the Billiou-Stillwell-Perine House is a living history museum. Visitors can explore well-preserved rooms, each showcasing a different period, and learn about the lives of the families who called it home.

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