9. Human Activity Has Been Present in Inwood Hill Park from Prehistoric Times

Based on its natural landscape, it may be difficult to believe that human activity has been present in Inwood Hill Park from prehistoric times. In the 17th century, the Lenape Native American tribes inhabited the area, using the park’s caves as seasonal living quarters, where they could fish and harvest shellfish from the nearby river. They stayed in the area until 1643, when they were attacked by Mohawks, forcing them to leave behind various items, including pottery, weapons and tools. The caves were later found to contain remains of old campfires and artifacts.