A Ramble from Bentley Street to Billopp Manor in Staten Island

Date: May 5

Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Walk Host: Tottenville Historical Society

Accessibility: Partially Accessible - curbs, uneven terrain, busy sidewalks

Description: Take the Staten Island train to the end of the line! You are now at the southern most part of New York. The ruins of the ferry dock to Perth Amboy are still visible. From here we will take a leisurely stroll through the history of the town of Totenville--a small area once known as Biddle's Grove where it was a place to picnic and relax. We will see many large homes along the way--the "homes that the oyster built." Oysters played a key role in the development of the town and made more than a few residents quite well off; some of their homes still survive. The Biddle house, a New York City landmark built in the 1850's will remind you of Tara, from Gone With the Wind. Our journey will end at the magnificent English stone manor house, The Conference House, built in 1680. This home on Sept 11,1776 was the site of a failed peace conference between the English and the Americans which is open for tours .

Meeting Place: Outside the Tottenville Station which is the last stop on the Staten Island Rapid Transit System. The train to Totenville can be picked up at the ferry and the train will take 45 minutes.

Ending Place: Conference House Park, Staten Island