South Shore Country Club

West Shore Exwy., Huguenot Ave., Alverson Ave., W. Castor Pl.

Staten Island

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

The entrance to the South Shore Golf Course is nestled among pine trees, flowers, hedges and ivy in the Staten Island neighborhood of Rossville. Rossville, once known as Blazing Star after the name of its local tavern, was renamed in 1836 in honor of Colonel William E. Ross, a wealthy local landowner.

The golf course borders land that once made up the town of Harrisville, later called Little Africa. Settled in the 1830s as a major destination for former slaves on the Underground Railroad, it was the first free black community in the nation. The area later became known as Sandy Ground for the poor quality of the soil; however, early settlers enjoyed the business opportunities provided by the rich oysterbeds of Raritan Bay. The neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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