Staten Island in Richmond County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Elm Tree Light
Approaching port, a skipper has to contend with rocks, tides, shoals and vessels suddenly looming out of the fog Land seems to crowd in on either side.
An immense elm tree stood at the foot of New Dorp Lane, according to a 1797 map. Ships entering or leaving New York Harbor would sight on the tree to get their bearings. Because of erosion, the actual Elm Tree site now lies out in the water one(?) hundred feet from here.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1797.
Location. 40° 34.101′ N, 74° 5.695′ W. Marker has been damaged. Marker is in Staten Island, New York, in Richmond County. Marker can be reached from Miller Field service road north of New Dorp Lane. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Miller Field, Staten Island NY 10306, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Miller Field (here, next to this marker); 102nd Observation Squadron (a few steps from this marker); New Dorp Beach Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Midland Beach Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Corporal Allan F. Kivlehan Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); New Dorp WWII Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Civil Service Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); Original Moravian Church (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Staten Island.
More about this marker. The marker is near the Miller Field park headquarters building. Parts of the text are in very poor to unreadable condition.
Also see . . . Elm Tree Lighthouse. Lighthouse Friends entry (Submitted on November 12, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 12, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 57 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 12, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.