The Bronx’s Oldest Historical Society, est. 1949

Riverdale

Kingsbridge

Spuyten Duyvil

New York City

Kingsbridge Historical Society

Kingsbridge Historical Society

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Riverdale

Kingsbridge

Spuyten Duyvil

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“To Lose Our Heritage Is To Lose Our Destiny”  -KHS Motto

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Bronx.  The society’s name is derived from the historic King’s Bridge and its environs, which include present-day Riverdale, Kingsbridge, Spuyten Duyvil, Marble Hill, Inwood, Van Cortlandt, and Fieldston.  It is comprised of members interested in all aspects of local history and has an archive of photos, maps, books and other items that document this area that is rich in history.

    The Greater Kingsbridge area is one of the earliest settled areas in New York City outside of lower Manhattan.  This area contains the boundary of the original Manor of Fordham of Jan Archer and the farm of Adrian van der Donck.  It was home to over six American Revolutionary fortifications, battle sites, and the historic King’s Bridge, once the only land route out of Manhattan.  With the industrial era came the Johnson Iron Foundry, Hudson River Estates, and the private community of Fieldston.  The greater Kingsbridge area has just about something of interest for everyone.

    The Kingsbridge Historical Society’s charter is to help preserve and keep alive the history of this historical area.  Our motto says it all – “To lose our History is to lose our destiny”.

    The Kingsbridge Historical Society’s web site is newly launched. Please bookmark the site and come back often as we will continually be updating and adding photos, articles and many other items of interest.


Next KHS event - A Historic Walk:
The Stockbridge 
Indian Massacre
(aka Battle of Kingsbridge 1778)

Thursday, Sept 4th at 
6:30 pm at the intersection of 
Van Cortlandt Park East 
and Oneida Avenue.
    
    The American Revolution in the Bronx during the late Summer of 1778 centered on the constant patrols, raids, and ambushes in the “Neutral Ground or Neutral Zone”. This was the area between the two fighting armies that was not 
under complete control. Specifically, regiments of the Continental Army were stationed on Valentine Hill in Yonkers and those of the British Army were camped in the Bronx and upper Manhattan. The Kingsbridge Historical Society invites you to take a summer walk to learn of the events and battle that resulted in the massacre of the Stockbridge Indians in Van Cortlandt Park in 1778. The walk will start at the Stockbridge Memorial, and proceed along “Devoe’s Lane”, a dirt road surrounded by stone walls in the park, as it was in 1778. Additionally, the location of where the remains of the Stockbridge Indians were buried will be discussed. The president of the Society promises that if you like your history you can keep your history and there is no way better than to get out and experience where it took place. 

This will also be a good time for you to view the memorial for these American Patriots who died fighting for our Independence because the temporary dog run in the midst of the ambush site will soon become a permanent reality. Our Community Board, Councilman and the Parks Department have approved that a permanent half a million dollar dog run be build NEXT TO this war memorial. Sadly, the community board professed ignorance about the memorial site. So come "walk the talk" to learn the history of this massacre and decide whether a dog run is appropriate or disrespectful to the honor of these Patriots who died here in Van Cortlandt Park.

If is advised that those who will be on the walk wear proper footwear and bring water. The walk is short, moderate and free. The group will meet at the intersection of Van Cortlandt Park East and Oneida Avenue in the Woodlawn section of the Bronx. We will gather at 6:30PM sharp. The Walk is expected to last about an hour. We would appreciate if you would email the Society and let us know if you will be coming on the walk and how many in your group. Send your

email to info@kingsbridgehistoricalsociety.org . From the #4 Jerome Avenue IRT last stop at Woodlawn, take the #34 Bus to E233rd Street & Van Cortlandt Park East and walk 4 blocks North. From Westchester Square, take the #31 bus to 
the last stop at Van Cortlandt Park East and walk south 4 blocks. Street parking is also available but limited. We look forward to seeing you there.mailto:info@kingsbridgehistoricalsociety.orgshapeimage_10_link_0

The Kingsbridge Historical Society


The Kingsbridge Historical Society was founded in 1949.  It was the first, and is the oldest, local historical society in the Bronx.  The society’s focus is on the history of the greater Kingsbridge area, located in the north-west

READ RIVERDALE PRESS ARTICLE ABOUT PROPOSED DOG RUN TO BE BUILT ON STOCKBRIDGE INDIAN BATTLE GROUNDhttp://riverdalepress.com/stories/Critics-say-proposed-dog-run-is-unfit-for-massacre-site,54741