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Mystery of John Adams and Richmond
Revealing Article Explains The Connection
In the past, there had been numerous inquiries by visitors to our website
regarding if John Adams ever lived in Richmond Hill. Afterall, there
is a John Adams HS., (however the H.S. was named this because of a project
at the time where high schools were named after U.S. Presidents such
as Thomas Jefferson H.S., etc.) and also when people research John Adams
it does mention that he lived in Richmond Hill, NY but with no other
details. It was quite baffling because our Richmond Hill in Queens,
NY was formed in 1869 and John Adams lived from 1735 - 1826, and to
add to the confusion, when Richmond Hill was established in 1869 it
was Richmond Hill, Long Island (L.I.) not NY.
My own conclusion was there must have been a section or district back
in Colonial times in NYC when there might have been an area known as
Richmond Hill but I could never locate any such place during that time.
Well thanks to an interesting article that I located, by J.
Owen Grundy which originally appeared in The Villager on September
13, 1945, I believe the Mystery is solved.
It turns out that Richmond Hill was the name of a Palatial Mansion
that was located in what is now the West Village in Greenwich Village,
This Mansion is totally intertwined with our Country's earliest history
when George Washington became our First President.
This mansion "Richmond Hill" was once the headquarters
of General Washington, later the official residence of Vice President
John Adams and his lady during the short period of the first administration,
when the national capital was New York, and later the country home
of Col. Aaron Burr.
To read all the fascinating facts please read the entire article part
1 and part 2 at- http://www.getny.com/grundyrichmondhill.shtml
Richmond Hill - The
Richmond Hill Historical Society with authors Carl
Ballenas and Nancy Cataldi have written
this comprehensive book on the history of Richmond Hill. Read
more about this book and how to purchase it for your collection.
the Living Spirit" - Thanks
to Joseph DeMay, Jr. for creating this slideshow
of the Walking Tour at Maple Grove Cemetery, where students portrayed
the notable people who have been laid to rest at this historic cemetery.
and enjoy the slideshow here.