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Staten Island in Richmond County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Elm Tree Light

 
 
Elm Tree Light wayside image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 8, 2018
1. Elm Tree Light wayside
Inscription.  
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.
 
Location. Marker has been damaged. 40° 34.101′ N, 74° 5.695′ W. 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);
Elm Tree Light wayside site image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 8, 2018
2. Elm Tree Light wayside site
The Miller Field park headquarters building.
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); Rose and Crown Tavern (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.) 
 
The original Elm Tree Light image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, October 31, 2020
3. The original Elm Tree Light
On the then-Vanderbilt farm in the early 1900s, before the construction of Miller Field.
Elm Tree Light image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner
4. Elm Tree Light
The old and new lights.
Present-day Elm Tree Light image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 16, 2017
5. Present-day Elm Tree Light
On top is what remains of the aircraft beacon that projected straight up.
 
 
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 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 12, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.
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