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Learn How Yorktown Went From Lenape to 'The Lords of the Manor'

A discussion on land transfer from Native Americans to colonists will take place at the Little Red Schoolhouse on Saturday, Oct. 19.
A discussion on land transfer from Native Americans to colonists will take place at the Little Red Schoolhouse on Saturday, Oct. 19. Photo Credit: Courtesy vancort.net

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Local historian and attorney Bernis Nelson will host a discussion on how land in the Yorktown area was transferred from the native Munsee peoples to European colonists in the 17th and 18th century at the The Little Red Schoolhouse in Van Cortlandtville on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Nelson has spent time researching the land records of our area and can offer insight into how the common law that governed transactions of those days evolved into our current form of land transfer. She will show ancient deeds and maps and include a discussion of the Nimham land trials and riots of the 1760's.

The program will serve as a lead in to the Yorktown Historical Society's discussion on the 1644 Munsee Massacre.

A suggested reading list pertinent to the topic is at www.vancort.net The program is free and open to the public.

The Little Red Schoolhouse is located at 297 Locust Ave. in Van Cortlandtville.

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