Dr. Robert Marraccino and Dr. Michael Vigorito will continue to educate us about the Quarantine Grounds. They previously spoke to us about the Quarantine which stood ON THE PRESENT SITE OF THE NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM and the burning of the Quarantine by Staten Islanders because of imagined infectious clouds (miasmas) of disease billowing over the walls.
On Sunday, March 10, 2019, 3pm - 5pm at the National Lighthouse Museum, 200 the Promenade at Lighthouse Point, (adjacent to the FREE Staten Island Ferry) St. George, Staten Island, NY 10301 the duo will speak about The Indigenous Peoples and First European Immigrants to inhabit the site.
When Giovanni da Verrazzano and his crew sailed on La Dauphine into the New York Bay in 1524 they encountered many indigenous peoples in and around the waters of the upper bay - the Lenape Indians. When the crew of La Daupine briefly set foot on land it was most likely on or near the grounds that would later become the Quarantine Grounds.