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  • Description: Tablet embedded in plinth
  • Materials: Brass, granite
  • Dedicated: 1917
  • Donor: Mr. & Mrs. Townsend Cortelyou Van Pelt
  • Inscription: THIS PARK IS AT THE LOCATION OF THE OLDEST EXISTING MILE- / STONE
    IN NEW YORK CITY. THE NEW UTRECHT MILESTONE WAS PLACE-/ED HERE
    IN APPROXIMATELY 1741, UNDER THE REIGN OF GEORGE / II. THE STONE,
    WHICH SERVED AS A DIRECTIONAL POST TO / TRAVELERS, STOOD AT THE
    JUNCTURE OF TWO COLONIAL ROADS; / KING'S HIGHWAY AND OLD NEW
    UTRECHT-FLATBUSH ROAD (NOW 18TH / AVENUE). IT ALSO SERVED AS A
    GUAGE TO DETERMINE POSTAL RATES / THE INSCRIPTION READS AS
    FOLLOWS: / FRONT: 8 1/4 MILE TO N. YORK FERRY, THIS ROAD TO DENY'S
    FERRY, 2 1/2 MILES. /
    SIDE: 10 1/2 MILES TO N. YORK FERRY. THIS ROAD TO JAMAICA, 15
    MILES/

    THE NEW UTRECHT MILESTONE IS NOW IN SAFEKEEPING WITH THE LONG
    ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY./

Please note, the NAME field includes a primary designation as well as alternate namings often in common or popular usage. The DEDICATED field refers to the most recent dedication, most often, but not necessarily the original dedication date. If the monument did not have a formal dedication, the year listed reflects the date of installation.

For more information, please contact Art & Antiquities at (212) 360-8143

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