Where are these cemeteries? Perhaps they are right under your feet? Join us for a fascinating discussion on the Androvette, Journeay, Micaux, and Morgan 18th-century homestead graveyards. We will also discuss "The Mount Loretto Cemetery," the Bethel M. E. Church Cemetery, the Presentation Sisters Burial Ground, and the former cemetery of the Huguenot Reformed Church.… Read More »Secret Cemeteries of the South Shore of Staten Island July 15, 2021
Several amazing structures from the past still stand on the Island. How and why they have survived and their important stories will be shared as we focus on the Olmsted-Beil House, the Seguine Mansion, the Sandy Ground Cottages, the Rossville AME Church and Cemetery, the historic Woodrow United Methodist Church and others. Celebrate these survivors… Read More »Historic Landmarks of Staten Island’s South and West Shores July 22, 2021
There are relatively few buildings on Staten Island that literally have foundations from the 17th century. Let’s take a look at the resilient gems that have stood during the Revolution, the Civil War, the Great Depression, and the onslaught of the population boom that resulted from the opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. This presentation will… Read More »Historic Staten Island Treasures from the 1600’s July 29, 2021
We’ll look at the historic uses of the Olmsted farm beach. Interesting information on this shoreline by house occupants Frederick Law Olmsted, Dr. Samuel Akerly, and Erastus Wiman and the Woods of Arden Inn will be featured. We’ll also take a look at the lively parallel history of Midland and South Beaches during the late 1800s.
We will examine the lives of important and influential South Shore Staten Island personalities such as Dorothy Day, Nathaniel and Elizabeth Britton, Paul Zindel, Jasper Cropsey, Paul Castellano, Ricky Schroeder, Father John Drumgoole, Pete Davidson, and of course Frederick Law Olmsted and his friend William H. Vanderbilt!
Join us for an in-depth look at Wolfe’s Pond Park, High Rock Park, Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve (where Carlton Beil taught thousands of us about nature!), the Arden Heights Woods, the Mount Loretto Unique Area, and, of course, the Olmsted-Beil House Park. History, wildlife, habitats, rare and endangered species, and more will be examined.