Tucked away out of sight, at the edge of a marsh and down a short path laden with crushed white shells, lies a landmark of historical significance that some say rivals that of Plymouth Rock.
And though it doesn’t draw nearly the attention of that other better-known marker, the boulder at Conscience Point signifies a sacred spot. It’s the approximate landing site where the first English settlers in New York arrived on the shores of eastern Long Island in 1640.
Shortly after landing, this small group of travelers from Lynn, Massachusetts laid claim to the land and established Southampton Colony on June 12, 1640—20 years after the Mayflower pilgrims founded Plymouth Colony. Named for the Earl of Southampton, it is...| read more ››