350th Anniversary of Monmouth County Symposium

  • 07 Dec 2013
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Old First Church, 69 Kings Highway, Middletown, NJ
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"Searching for Land and Religious Freedom in Monmouth County, December 5-11, 1663"

A Symposium on land and Sea

8:30 AM - Bagels and coffee.

9:00 AM - Start of Symposium.

12:00 PM - End of Symposium.

350 years ago in December 1663, English settlers from Gravesende, Long Island, sailed across Raritan Bay looking to buy land from the Native Americans. Dutch settlers heard about this and set sail with the goal of preventing the English from establishing contacts with the Native Americans.

Speakers will cover all aspects of this 1663 event, including the historical, religious, and political backgrounds, and the events themselves.

The Symposium is located in an historical early church whose original congregants were part of the early settlers of Monmouth County.

Additional event: Following the Symposium there is a Seastreak ferry ride from Highlands to Manhattan and back, where an on-board speaker will comment on the geographical landmarks and seamarks. Click here for more details.


Copyright © 2014 Navesink Maritime Heritage Association

Navesink Maritime Heritage Association is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving knowledge and appreciation of Monmouth County's maritime heritage through programs that teach wooden boat building and boat handling skills; through preserving the history of Monmouth County's wooden boat builders and other maritime history; and through the experiental on-the-water programs of River Rangers for middle school children and Sea Scout Ship Navesink for co-ed youth age 14-21.

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