Just a few hundred yards from New York City's "South Pole" (the southernmost point of the city) sits The Conference House, the 1680 home of a British sea captain that has preserved not just for its age, but for its place in the history of the American Revolution. The house and the surrounding park are one of the most remote areas in New York City, and the views of the Raritan Bay are stunning. Hours are limited, but make the effort to visit this rare example of pre-revolutionary architecture, preserved on its original site.

They met, they talked, they parted. And now nothing remains but to fight it out.
- British commentator on the meeting

What You Will See

Any structure in New York City predating the revolution is historic in its own right. But The Conference House is particularly special. In 1776, just a short time into in the American Revolution, three American patriots, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Edward Rutledge met with representatives of the British military to discuss a possible end to the war. After a three-hour discussion in the main room of this remote house, no agreement was reached and the war continued for another seven years. Generations of care and preservation have kept the house in excellent condition.

Why You Should Go

No matter where you come from in the city, this is a journey. But it a journey richly rewarded, not just by the historic home--one of the oldest in New York State, or the history of the site, but with isolation, nature, and unsurpassed views of the bay. Hours are limited, so be sure to time your visit accordingly (and the house is closed during the winter months), but it is well worth making a day trip to the south end of Staten Island.

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