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This Month in the History of Tottenville August

Last month I wrote of the Tottenville Historical Society’s grand opening at 229 Main Street.

This month I am happy to report I was able to visit and view the exhibition:  MAIN STREET IN RETROSPECT.


It was great to talk with Linda Cutler Hauck, Director of the Tottenville Historical Society, and readers can count on more about the upcoming happenings in future blog posts.
The exhibition:  MAIN STREET IN RETROSPECT will continue throughout September, giving the children, when they return to school, the opportunity to learn more about Tottenville.

Parents, make sure that your children don’t miss out!

When I was a reporter for the Staten Island Register, I wrote two articles about Tottenville businesses of the past as part of the newspaper’s series on the history of Staten Island.  The paper’s former News Editor, the late Bill Franz, a journalist of the highest caliber, wrote many historical articles, and I am forever grateful for the gift to be under his mentorship as I began researching and writing about Tottenville history. 
Much of who I am as a journalist today developed from his teaching the importance of in-depth research to get all the facts in order to back up my words with substance and impartiality.  By doing so, he helped to make me a strong writer.  My debt to him is immeasurable.
Here are those two articles:
September 12, 2000 Staten Island Register
August 28, 2001 Staten Island Register

Additionally I had the pleasure to personally welcome back Pam Sindle, owner of the Scented Cottage, who has a beautifully done setup to exhibit her wonderful wares.  Gift giving just got so much easier.


It is so gratifying to me to see created something that Tottenville needs, and which although I’ve attended past discussions for many years, only now I can report it has become a reality.
I strongly encourage that you see for yourself:
229 Main Street (across the street from the Post Office)

Wednesday-Saturday, 11am -4pm.

August Events:
An article in the Staten Island Advance about Main Street
August 15, 2013
An editorial in the Staten Island Advance about Main Street
August 30, 2013
August 5, 1675
“August 5, 2011 will be 336 years ago that, British captain Christopher Billopp stakes claim to a large piece of land on Staten Island.  This is where he built the Billopp Manor.”
“In 1676, Billopp received a patent for 932 acres of land on the southern tip of Staten Island plus 30 acres of salt meadow on the west shore of Staten Island.  It is believed Billopp built his stone manor house ca. 1680.
In August 1677, Billopp accepted an appointment as Collector of Customs for Delaware.  He resided in New Castle, Delaware, while his wife remained on Staten Island managing the property.”
August 2007
“The last-known surviving ship built by the neighborhood’s now-defunct A.C. Brown & Sons Shipyard (1873-1929), the boat sailed here on its way to Maine for structural reinforcement.  The Tottenville Historical Society is playing host to Carib II and her owner, David Soule.”
August 2009 
Staten Island Advance
“Rabbi Unger’s column examines history of a Tottenville home”
   “Shelley and Neil Harwayne discovered Tottenville on Sunday ramblings in the late 70s when they’d visit the antique stores lining Amboy Road.  When they moved to their “Colonial Revival” house on Hopping Avenue in 1980, Shelley and Neil were told they had moved to ‘The Park Avenue of Tottenville.’”
They learned the house was built by a salesman named Baxter, whose family extensions through blood and marriage still run deep in town


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