Staten Island in Richmond County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Mount Loretto History
From this point, you are looking out on the 200-acre Mount Loretto Unique Area. St. Elizabeth’s hospital (sic) stood at this location for 103 years. In burned down in 1999. Other buildings, including schools, an orphanage and a villa were also on the property. The concrete pads from the recreation areas are still visible.
The original Mt. Loretto orphanage was located in Manhattan. In 1882, Fr. Drumgoole relocated the orphanage to this location; (sic) on the site of the old Bennett farm. The diocese purchased the property on the north side of Hylan Blvd; (sic) where the church is currently located.
Until 1967, these open fields were farm fields operated by the orphanage. At its peak, the farm housed over 300 head of cattle, chickens and 50 horses. The last cows were sold in 1967 and the fields filled.
Up the hill to your right is the colonial brownstone, (sic) John Cardinal O’Connor Memorial Lighthouse. It was an active beacon for Raritan Bay until the 1920s. It is now the residence of the local Forest Ranger. In 2007, the light was reactivated as a guide. It is solar powered.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1999.
Location. 40° 30.565′ N, 74° 13.092′ W. Marker is in Staten Island, New York, in Richmond County. Marker is on Hylan Boulevard near Kenny Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Mount Loretto Unique Area, Staten Island NY 10309, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Elizabeth’s (approx. 0.2 miles away); Easter Rising Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Bells of the Church of Saints Joachim and Ann (approx. 0.2 miles away); Father John C. Drumcoole (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Church of Saint Joachim – Saint Ann (approx. 0.2 miles away); CYO Memorial Tree (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rev. John C. Drumgoole. (approx. 0.3 miles away); In Loving Memory of Sister Mary Ann (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Staten Island.
Also see . . .
1. Mount Loretto Unique Area. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on August 28, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Princes Bay Lighthouse. Lighthousefriends.com entry. (Submitted on August 28, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 28, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 305 times since then and 128 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 28, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.