Frank Golden Park

14 Rd. bet. 132 St. and 138 St.

Queens

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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

What was here before?

This land was once inhabited by the Matinecock, who sold the land to Dutch and English settlers in the 17th century. In 1645, William Lawrence (1622-1680) was granted 900 acres of land in what was known as Tew’s Neck, which he renamed Lawrence Neck. He built a vast estate on this site and served as a magistrate, sheriff, and justice. Lawrence’s descendants sold the land to Eliphalet Stratton (1745-1831) in 1790, and the region became known as Strattonport.

In 1837, Reverend William Augustus Muhlenberg (1796-1877) established the short-lived St. Paul’s College in Strattonport, which gave the region its later name of College Point. The area developed rapidly after 1854 after industrialist Conrad Poppenhusen established a company town for the employees of his rubber factory.

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