Francis Lewis Park

continuing the tour of parks along the East River in north Queens

Dutch farmers founded Whitestone in 1645, naming the area for a large white boulder along the shore.

The park honors Francis Lewis a member of the Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence.  Having accumulated great wealth, Lewis retired from trade in 1765 and moved to Whitestone, New York. In 1776 British troops destroyed Lewis’s Whitestone property and abducted his wife Elizabeth in retaliation.

19th century etching

Francis Lewis Park.

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About Denise P. Puchol

Always carrying a pocket camera to photograph random spots throughout the five boroughs of New York City and to share a little of the history.
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