Olmsted-Beil House Listed on National
Register of Historic Places​

Photo: Anne Garger, 2021

Upcoming Events


Olmsted-Beil Park Clean-ups

Help clear the Olmsted-Beil House Park grounds of weeds, leaves, branches, and invasive plants. Join us and you will also discover the history of the Olmsted-Beil House—it dates to 1685! We will provide water, gloves, and tools.

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W.H. Vanderbilt

Oct. 5, 2021 Famous People from Staten Island!

We will examine the lives of important and influential South Shore Staten Island personalities such as Dorothy Day, Nathaniel and Elizabeth Britton, Paul Zindel, Jasper Cropsey, Paul Castellano, Ricky Schroeder, Father John Drumgoole, Pete Davidson, and of course Frederick Law Olmsted and his friend William H. Vanderbilt!

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Calls for New York State to Release Funds for Purchase of Property Abutting the Olmsted Farmhouse

The National Association for Olmsted Parks, with The Garden Club of America, National Recreation and Parks Association, City Parks Alliance, American Society of Landscape Architects, The Cultural Landscape Foundation, and Landscape Architecture Foundation, sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo to release the funds that New York State allocated to purchase 1.2 acres immediately adjoining the Olmsted farmhouse.  Read more »

Olmsted: The Scientific Farmer on Staten Island

(January 15, 2021) National Association for Olmsted Parks–Olmsted 200 Read more »


Trees The Friends of Olmsted-Beil House is the nonprofit organization protecting, preserving, and presenting the Olmsted-Beil House historic site.

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About the Historic Site

The Olmsted-Beil House historic site is where landscaping genius Frederick Law Olmsted pioneered many of the techniques he later incorporated in Central Park and other acclaimed, transformational projects. The site is located in Eltingville on the south shore of Staten Island. The 1.7-acre site and two-story farmhouse are all that remain intact of the 130-acre farm dating back to the 17th century. Frederick Law Olmsted and naturalist and educator Carlton Beil and their families are among the many owners who made their homes and located their businesses there.

In 1967, the house was designated a New York City Landmark, and in 2006, the site became part of the NYC Parks system. For safety considerations, the house is closed to the public while it undergoes restoration.