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“Rich in history”

The Conference House
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Owner description: Benjamin Franklin and John Adams met at this house early in the Revolutionary War with British Admiral Richard Howe to discuss whether an end to the war could be negotiated.
Fair Play, South Carolina
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165 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Rich in history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014

We went here a few times with the grand kids and always learn something new. The house has fantastic views of Arthur kill and New Jersey. A must see for residents and visitors alike.

Visited June 2013
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English first
New York City, New York
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“A Piece of History”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014

It is a lovely old house situated on a little piece of land with an amazing view. If you are at all interested in American history, this property puts some things into perspective and puts Staten Island on the American History Map. There is a bus that goes straight there from the ferry. The ride takes about an hour.
Take a picnic and sit on the lawn overlooking the water.

Visited March 2014
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New York
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154 reviews
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“A bit of history in a quaint spot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2014

The Conference House is a historical gem on the South Shore of Staten Island. It is situated on a beautiful waterfront city park. Tours of the house and the nearby (just a few hundred feet walk) Billopp House are interesting and the staff is kind and informed. Outside the house are walking trails and large trees that are perfect to picnic under. A nearby parks station contains additional info and restrooms.

Visited July 2013
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Hebron, lsrael
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168 reviews
166 attraction reviews
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“Is This Really New York City?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2014

The Conference House (ca. 1675) - at the southern tip of Staten Island, of New York City & of New York State - is one of the oldest houses in the city. It is the site of a conference during the Revolutionary War between Benjamin Franklin, John Adams & Edward Rutledge on the "rebel" side, & British representatives, as an ill-fated bid to end the war - the "rebels" refused to surrender, with the result of us not being Canadians today (no offense intended!); the house is today open as a museum. It is located in a pleasant park; if you squeeze through weeds to the nearby seashore, you'll have a pleasant & interesting view of Arthur Kill (a sound), with Perth Amboy, New Jersey, on the opposite side; further away is the Outerbridge Crossing (1928), the outermost bridge crossing in or from New York City - it was actually named for Eugenius Harvey Outerbridge (1860-1932), the one-time director of what was then the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey; the bridge could hardly have been named the "Outerbridge Bridge"!
The adjacent district is Tottenville, New York State's southernmost neighborhood. This is small-town America right in the Big Apple! Here are many interesting historic buildings - bring a copy of the architectural guidebook AIA GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY.

Visited August 2013
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2 Thank Dave S
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Staten Island, New York
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Go back in time!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2014

A tour of the historic Conference House, on the weekend, is truly like entering a time machine and going back to an early period in Staten Island's roots. It should be more of a national draw for history buffs throughout the country.

Visited December 2013
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