At my upcoming presentation at the Van Cortlandt House Museum next week, I am going to delve deep into what Kingsbridge was like in the late 1600’s–and I am excited to reveal some of my new research. As a sneak preview, I will explain this portion of a little known 1684 map, which shows an early colonial settlement in the area.
I am also discussing the American origins of Santa Claus, Adriaen van der Donck’s homesite, and the Van Cortlandts’ debt to a female single-mother-turned-merchant in New Amsterdam. Not to mention Washington at the Van Cortlandt House, beaver-pelts, Native Americans, the first Africans, and the plantation that would become today’s park. I hope you all can make it! It’s next Thursday (5/16) at 7 PM at the Van Cortlandt House Museum in Van Cortlandt Park.