Weeksville Heritage Center

Weeksville Heritage Center

The landmark Hunterfly Road Houses are the last surviving residence of 19th century Weeksville, one of the nation's earliest free African American communities. The area was named after free African American James, who acquired property in the area in 1838, only eleven years after slavery ended in New York State. By the 1860s, Weeksville had become an intellectual, cultural, and economic center for free African Americans. A model of the African American contribution to the development of Brooklyn, the region and the nation, historic Weeksville is the premier example of the 19th century African American experience in the North.