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By Bill Coughlin, August 13, 2009
Marker at Fort Wadsworth
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Battery DuaneFort Wadsworth — Gateway Nat’l Rec Area
Crumbling over time, these concrete platforms mark where large guns once guarded New York Harbor. In the late 1800s, a Glacis Mortar Battery – once located just beyond these ruins – could lob projectiles onto enemy ships entering the . . . — Map (db m21647) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Battery WeedFort Wadsworth — Gateway Nat’l Rec Area
Begun in 1847, this granite structure was finally completed during the Civil War. Its four-tier design allowed up to 116 guns to skip cannonballs across the Narrows. However, by the mid-1860s bigger, more-accurate guns could destroy a stone fort . . . — Map (db m21627) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Billopp HouseLandmarks of New York
Built by and for Christopher Billopp about 1680, this house was long a center of colonial hospitality. It is known also as “Conference House” because Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Edward Rutledge met here with Lord Howe at his . . . — Map (db m7891) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Burial Place
of the Dutch settlers of the North Shore until 1696 around which Port Richmond was built. — Map (db m42601) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Christopher HouseCa. 1720, addition ca. 1730
A simple 18th century farmhouse, built on Governor Thomas Dongan’s Staten Island manor, the original owner-builder is unknown. During the American Revolution, the house was the residence of Joseph Christopher, a member of the Richmond County . . . — Map (db m42621) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Church of Saint AndrewDesignated Landmark • New York City
Reminiscent of English Norman Parish Churches built in the 12th century, this structure was created in 1872 by architect William M. Mersereau. It was constructed using stone walls of the first church building on the site which was erected between . . . — Map (db m30820) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Church of St. Andrew
The Church of St. Andrew was founded in 1708, and the first church building was completed in 1712 on land given in 1711 by William Tillier. In 1713 Queen Anne granted the church a charter and presented valued gifts including a chalice and paten. . . . — Map (db m30813) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Commodore John BarryFather of the American Nacy
To the memory of Commodore John Barry Father of the American Navy Born County Wexford Ireland 1739 Died in Philadelphia 1803 Erected by the John Barry Council AARIR* Staten Island New York October 29 1939 *American Association for the . . . — Map (db m83182) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Conference House
In September 1776, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Edward Rutledge met here with British Lord Howe in an unsuccessful negotiation for peace. Revolutionary War Heritage Trail — Map (db m8727) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Conference House
Christopher Billop’s c. 1680 grand stone manor is named in memory of the 1776 conference convened at the House in an attempt to end the Revolutionary War. It is a National Historic Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is . . . — Map (db m42669) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Daniel D. Tompkins1774   ---------------   1825
Governor of the State of New York 1807 – 1817 Vice-President of the United States 1817-1825 and a resident of Staten Island. Among many meritorious acts he aided the passage of the law abolishing slavery within the state, added to the . . . — Map (db m42616) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Defending New York Harbor
“ . . . [the Narrows are] the place pointed out by nature for the defense of the harbor . . . ”     Prussian General Friedrich von Steuben, Aide to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War How do you protect . . . — Map (db m21624) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Dry Moat and CounterscarpFort Wadsworth — Gateway Nat’l Rec Area
From 1859 to 1876, army engineers built these 30-foot-high granite walls to form this corridor. In military terms, Fort Tompkin’s scarp (wall to your right) now faced a counterscarp (wall to your left), creating a 30-foot-wide dry moat. . . . — Map (db m21648) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Egbert Square
For God and Country Egbert Square named in honor of Arthur Stanley Egbert Sea 2C USNRF who died in the sinking of the USS President Lincoln on May 31, 1918, and dedicated to the men and women of Port Richmond and Graniteville who devotedly . . . — Map (db m51922) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Faber Park and Pool4.25 Acres
Faber Park and Pool is located on what was once the north shore home of the Faber family. Their lead pencil manufacturing company was begun by Caspar Faber in Stein, Germany in 1761. A century later, his descendant Eberhard Faber (d.1879) came to . . . — Map (db m42655) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Five Brothers
In honor of Five Brothers from Staten Island who served in the Revolutionary War Joshua Mersereau, 3rd Quarter Master General Col. Jacob Mersereau Cornelius Mersereau, soldier Capt. John Mersereau Paul Mersereau, sailor Erected by the Staten . . . — Map (db m42604) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Fort TompkinsFort Wadsworth — Gateway Nat’l Rec Area
Two forts, both named Fort Tompkins, have occupied this hill. In 1814 the state of New York started the first Fort Tompkins – a pentagon-shaped stone structure with round bastions at each of the five angles. Never fully completed, the first . . . — Map (db m21630) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Fort Wadsworth
This strategic coastal location at the Narrows was used as the staging ground for the massive British invasion of Brooklyn in August 1776. Revolutionary War Heritage Trail — Map (db m21608) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Fort Wadsworth /Gateway National Recreation Area
Fort Wadsworth side: Point, counterpoint. As one nation improves its offensive weapons, another revamps its defenses. It’s the story of military history, and Fort Wadsworth tells it as well as any place in America. British soldiers built the . . . — Map (db m21694) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Founding of the Dutch Church
In 1665, a small group of the first Dutch settlers to come to the shores of this island banded together for the worship of Almighty God. Through three centuries faithful men and women have continued this ministry to the community, the nation, and . . . — Map (db m42609) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Giovanni VerrazzanoDiscovered Staten Island in 1524
Giovanni Verrazzano Native of Florence Italy Discovered Staten Island April 17 1524 Staten Island Italian Historical Society 1956 — Map (db m83219) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Gretta Moulton Gate
Gretta Moulton Was a Heroine of the Environmental Movement That Saved High Rock Park in 1965. An Inspired Leader of Early Efforts to Preserve the Greenbelt, She was also a Trustee of the Staten Island Institute of the Arts and Sciences and the . . . — Map (db m106345) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Historic Fort WadsworthSince 1636
As its discoverer in 1574, Verrazzano observed the surrounding terrain and called it Agoleme. Upon this high ground Lenape Indians gazed down on Hudson’s Half Moon as it sailed through the Narrows in 1609. In 1636, the Dutch erected . . . — Map (db m19370) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Historic RichmondtownRevolutionary War Heritage Trail
The village of Richmond was occupied by the British from 1776-1783. Prior to 1776, the Committee of Safety met at the Christopher House to keep order and support the Continental Army. — Map (db m30773) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Joseph W. Palmer
Served 1777 and 1778 in Col. Moses Jaque’s New Jersey Regiment. In March 1779 he entered the Navy. He was wounded by a musket ball in the right leg from which he suffered until death in 1851. — Map (db m42613) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Livingston World War II Memorial
In honor of the Men and Women of Livingston who served our country in World War II and in memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice Adams, Harold H. • Adams, James B. • Adams, Kenneth H. • Anderson, George A. • Anderson, James W. • Barbes, . . . — Map (db m43113) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Neville House
This impressive country residence, built about 1770 by Captain John Neville, a retired naval officer, is one of the few large Pre-Revolutionary houses still standing in New York City. The enframed doorway with its handsome moldings and the molded . . . — Map (db m103183) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — New Brighton World War II Memorial
This tablet has been erected to honor the men and women of New Brighton who answered their country’s call in World War II     1941 – 1945 *   *   *   *   * Dedicated by Donegan – McGinley – Landy Post No. 1366 The American Legion . . . — Map (db m42630) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — New Dorp Beach Memorial1941-1945
In honor of the men and women of New Dorp Beach who served their country in World War II especially those who made the supreme sacrifice — Map (db m105719) WM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — New Dorp, S.I. Honor Roll
To commemorate the patriotism and perpetuate the names of those who served with honor in the World War 1917-18, this tablet is erected by the citizens of New Dorp S.I. Honor Roll James M. Beauchamp • John Bolice • Thomas Brown • Arthur Britcher . . . — Map (db m30967) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — North American River Otters
Lontra canadensis Habitat: Shores of rivers, marshes and bays Range: North America Status: Threatened Slip Slidin’ Away The streamlines form and webbed feet combined with the thick, tapered and muscular tail lends for speedy . . . — Map (db m106343) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Patriots under Gen. Mercer1776
In memory of the Patriots who under General Hugh Mercer crossing from Perth Amboy [N.J.] surprised and overcame the enemy on this spot on October 16, 1776, taking twenty prisoners besides arms and ammunition. Two of the Americans were killed and . . . — Map (db m30808) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Quarantine Boarding StationRosebank, Staten Island, New York
Preventing Infectious Disease For many years, this boarding station helped to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in the United States. From 1783 to 1971, officers working at this station boarded and inspected thousands of ships coming . . . — Map (db m103809) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Reformed Protestant Dutch ChurchLandmarks of New York
Built in 1845 in Greek Revival style, this is the third church on the site. The first, a hexagonal wooden building erected in 1714, was destroyed by the British during the Revolution. The original license to the Dutch congregation signed by . . . — Map (db m42602) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Relatives of Elizabeth Bayley Seton
In Memory of the Relatives of Elizabeth Bayley Seton who are buried in this churchyard Reverend Richard Charlon, D.D. her grandfather, Rector of St. Andrew’s Church from 1747 until is death in 1777. Mary Bayeux Charlton, her grandmother, Wife of . . . — Map (db m35915) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Rezeau-Van Pelt Family CemeteryHistoric Richmond Town
A rare surviving 18th century private graveyard, this cemetery was used by the Rezeau and descendent Van Pelt and Wheatley families. The earliest grave is Jacob Rezeau, 1789. The large center gravestone commemorates Susanna Van Pelt and John A. Van . . . — Map (db m30852) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Rose and Crown Tavern
Tablet marking the site of the Rose and Crown Tavern Erected by The Huguenots in 1665 Demolished in 1854 This Inn was occupied during the Revolution by General William Howe as his Headquarters and here the Declaration of . . . — Map (db m37245) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Site of 18th century structures
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New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — St. Andrew’s Church
Welcome to this historic parish church founded in 1708 and chartered by Queen Anne in 1713, British headquarters during the Revolutionary War, family parish of Saint Elizabeth Bayley Seton and Mother Episcopal Church of Staten Island. Despite our . . . — Map (db m42624) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — St. James Hotel
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New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Staten Island Civil War Memorial
Sacred to the memory of our Defenders the noble and gallant men who died in the late Civil War. [ Lower Marker: ] In memory of the gallant men who died in the Civil War Presented by Beauvais – Hudson Post 126       American Legion . . . — Map (db m42668) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Staten Island World War I Memorial
Front inscription: America over the top Rear inscription: Erected by the residents of Public School Dist. 26 in honor of the 75 men who left to fight in the great World War. We lovingly inscribe the names of those who paid the supreme . . . — Map (db m19261) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Sullivan’s AttackAugust 22, 1777
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New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — The Conference House
< Lower Plaque: > Long known as “The Billopp House” built before 1700 In this house on September 11, 1776 after the Battle of Long Island a Peace Conference was held between Lord Howe, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Edward . . . — Map (db m7889) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — The Hiker
Hiker Monument erected in commemoration of the heroes of all wars in which our beloved country was engaged for the principles of democracy and a lasting civilization Joseph S. Decker Camp No 20, Dept. N.Y. – United Spanish War veterans [ . . . — Map (db m42618) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — The Pelton House
This pre-Revolutionary homestead is in three distinct sections, each representing a different period. The earliest was erected in 1730, the central portion in 1776, and the third in 1832. Originally built by Johannes De Groot, the house passed to . . . — Map (db m42612) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — The Watering Place
Near this spot early colonial navigators replenished their ships’ supply of water from a spring well known to those anchoring inside the Narrows before the year 1623. The Richmond County Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, place this . . . — Map (db m42614) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Trail Crossing
To mark the crossing of the Blazed Trail and Willow Brook Trail 1793 — Map (db m30812) HM
New York (Richmond County), Staten Island — Verrazano – Narrows Bridge
“We found a pleasant place below steep little hills. And from among those hills a mighty deep-mouthed river ran into the sea.”     Giovanni da Verrazano, Italian explorer, 1524 Until the 1960s, the only way from Brooklyn . . . — Map (db m22320) HM

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