Camera: Nikon D200
Location: Conference House Park
Galleries: Vintage, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Feb 24, 2009
|On the southern most tip of Staten Island lies Conference House Park, site of a 1776
peace conference between representatives of the Continental Congress and the
Commander of British Forces during the Revolutionary War.
Captain Christopher Billopp of the British Royal Navy settled on this site in 1675. Legend has it that when New York and New Jersey competed for ownership of Staten Island, Captain Billopp secured Staten Island for New York by circumnavigating the Island in one day. As the revolutionary war broke out, Captain Billopís son, Colonel Christopher Billopp, a Loyalist, defended England's government of America. Staten Island housed many English troops, and some had even set up tents on Colonel Billopís property, surrounding the
Admiral Lord Howe, King Georgeís Peace Commissioner, invited American delegates to
a Peace Conference to be held at the Billopp Manor House on Staten Island on September
11, 1776. Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Edward Rutledge attended as American
delegates. However, the Manor House in Conference House Park be the site of the last conference
between the British Government and the American Colonies.
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