Riker Home Tree Maintenance Fund
The purpose of the Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead Preservation Corporation is to maintain the historically significant property, the Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead, located in Queens, NY, circa 1654. The 360-year-old farmhouse is a significant part of early Dutch and colonial history in New York and is included on the National Register of Historic Places. Landmarked in 1966, the Homestead sits on an acre of land and includes the Riker family burial ground consisting of 132 Rikers and Riker descendants. Currently, tours are given to help educate school children, tourists and New Yorkers about these early settlers and to experience what an actual 1600s era farmhouse looked like back then. In addition to hundreds of flowers and dozens of trees, the grounds also feature a secret garden and a gingerbread house.
The goal of this GoFundMe is to raise $10,000 for much needed tree work to help keep the property safe from the ravages of time and weather-related destruction that took place during Hurricane Sandy. The money will be used to hire professional tree service workers to properly prune the trees before the winter months arrive. The current owner, 77-year-old Marion Duckworth Smith, has lovingly restored and maintained the house and grounds since 1983 but now seeks assistance to continue to preserve this important piece of New York history and prevent it from future decline.