Friday, April 4, 2014

The Four Corners --- South --- Billops Point

Location:   Billops Point
Year:   1776

The Conference House (Bentley Manor) at Billops Point, Staten Island, is the only remaining pre-Revolutionary War manor house in New York City. It was built in 1680. On September 11, 1776, it was the site of an unsuccessful peace conference held between the British and Americans in hopes of ending the Revolutionary War without further bloodshed. Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and William Rutledge refused the British terms for the Patriots' surrender.

Billops Point overlooks Raritan Bay. It is the southernmost point in New York State, at 40°30′10.3″ North, and lies in the neighborhood of Tottenville, in the Borough of Staten Island (County of Richmond), of the city of New York.  

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