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New Utrecht Liberty Pole

 
 
New Utrecht Liberty Pole Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2010
1. New Utrecht Liberty Pole Marker
Inscription. This Liberty Pole marks the spot over which the American flag first waved in the town of New Utrecht. The original pole was erected by our forefathers at the Evacuation of the British, November 1783, amid the firing of cannons and demonstration of joy.

A second pole was erected on the same site in 1834.

The third pole was erected May 1899.

Committee
T.C. Van Pelt J. Lott Nostrand
November 1902

< Lower Markers >
The third pole was re-set
May 1899
by the descendants of those by whom
it was originally erected. The occasion
was appropriately observed by a
popular demonstration
and the unfurling of a new flag.
Committee
T.C. Van Pelt J. Lott Nostrand

Fourth Pole Erected
September 10, 1910
Presented by
Townsend C. Van Pelt
and his wife
Marie E. Van Pelt
to the
New Utrecht Liberty Pole Association
incorporated 1908

Fourth Liberty Pole
Destroyed by Lightning
July 14, 1936
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Replaced by
Fifth Liberty Pole
erected
October 1936

Sixth Liberty Pole erected 1948
Presented by
Dr. and Mrs. Bergen W. Glover
Mr. George M. Cowenhoven
Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah Rutger Van Brunt

 
Erected 1902.
 
Location.
Additional Markers on New Utrecht Liberty Pole image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2010
2. Additional Markers on New Utrecht Liberty Pole
40° 36.514′ N, 74° 0.047′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker is at the intersection of 18th Avenue and 84th Street, on the right when traveling north on 18th Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is on the flagpole on the front lawn of the New Utrecht Reformed Church. Marker is in this post office area: Brooklyn NY 11229, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. New Utrecht Reformed Church (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named New Utrecht Reformed Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Brooklyn (within shouting distance of this marker); Milestone Park (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Milestone Park (about 500 feet away); Necassius De Sille House (approx. 0.3 miles away); New Utrecht Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Meucci Triangle (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
 
Also see . . .  History of the New Utrecht Liberty Pole. New Utrecht Liberty Pole Association. (Submitted on May 3, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.War, US Revolutionary
 
Third Pole Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2010
3. Third Pole Marker
Fourth Liberty Pole Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2010
4. Fourth Liberty Pole Marker
Fourth & Fifth Liberty Pole Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2010
5. Fourth & Fifth Liberty Pole Marker
Sixth Liberty Pole Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2010
6. Sixth Liberty Pole Marker
New Utrecht Liberty Pole image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2010
7. New Utrecht Liberty Pole
The 106 foot tall Liberty Pole is located on the front lawn of the New Utrecht Reformed Church.
New Utrecht Liberty Pole Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2010
8. New Utrecht Liberty Pole Marker
Residents of the Town of New Utrecht erected the original Liberty Pole in 1783 to commemorate their liberation from and withdrawal of British troops. The original eagle weathervane can be seen in this photo atop the pole.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 3, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 787 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on May 3, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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