The Forgotten History of Tottenville, Staten Island

The Forgotten History of Tottenville

Conference House photos by Jaclyn Lurker, All images Courtesy of Angie Mangino

Uncover the overlooked history of Tottenville, Staten Island with Angie Mangino, a Tottenville resident and author of 17th Century Tottenville History Comes Alive, the first in a series of books on the town’s history!

  • Learn about the Lenni Lenape people, a peaceful community of Native Americans, and how their interactions with Dutch settlers set the course of Tottenville’s history
  • Hear excerpts from Verrazzano’s 1524 letter to King Francis of France in which he describes an encounter with the Lenni Lenape
  • Meet Captain Christopher Billopp, an Englishman, who came to New York in 1674 and was the first to settle in Tottenville
  • Explore Billopp’s home, Bentley Manor, which still stands today as The Conference House
  • Discover how a meeting at The Conference House between representatives of the Continental Congress and the representative of King George III could have changed the course of the American Revolutionary War

About the event:

From the Lenni Lenape who begin the history of Tottenville to Captain Christopher Billopp and Bentley Manor in the 17th century, Angie Mangino shares insights into the overlooked history of Tottenville, Staten Island. The narrative ultimately revolves around The Conference House of today, a site on the National Register of Historic Places. A peace conference held there in the 18th century determined the renaming of Bentley Manor.

In this talk, Angie will share an overview of her book, 17th Century Tottenville History Comes Alive, the first book in a series, why she is writing this series, and how it came to be. Insiders will also get a preview of the next book in the series, 18th Century Tottenville History Comes Alive, which is currently in the works!

About Angie Mangino

Angie Mangino, a former investigative reporter for the Staten Island Register weekly newspaper, is a freelance journalist who has been providing quality service to editors since 1995. She is the author of 17th Century Tottenville History Comes Alive, the first in a series, as well as a contributor to seven books: 20/20 VisionIndependenceEveryday JoyMothers’ Miracles AnthologyEncyclopedia of the U.S. Government and the Environment (ABC-CLIO); How Big Can You Dream? and Tell Your Story Spring 2023. Her website hosts her full writing resume, media page, and her Tottenville History and Book Review blogs.

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