Revolutionary War-dated Church Farm, Manhattan land lease granted to distiller Richard Deane by the Church of England and the rector and inhabitants of New York City on March 24, 1782. Contains one page on vellum with docketing, measures 28.75 by 22.5 inches, and in fine condition with toning, soiling and minor staining. REVOLUTIONARY WAR-DATED CHURCH FARM, MANHATTAN LAND LEASE. Trinity Church owned the area known as Church Farm in the 18th century and had the property surveyed in 1762.
This survey resulted in the division of much of the land into 100 by 20 foot lots, of which Trinity leased out 200 for 21, 42, or 63 year terms. Deane was originally near the ferry at Brooklyn and expanded his business by leasing several lots from Trinity.
Unfortunately, much of the area was destroyed by British troops before they evacuated the city on November 25, 1783. Historic Church Farm would become the site of the World Trade Center nearly two centuries later. HISTORIC CHURCH FARM WOULD BECOME THE SITE OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER NEARLY TWO CENTURIES LATER. Reads in part: March 24, 1782, Church Farm, West side of New York, Leased by Rector &c.
Church of England to Richard Dean for 63 years, Lots Nos. 396, 397, 399, 402, 403, 404, & 405. Rent totaled 97 1/2 Spanish milled dollars and one peppercorn each year for the first 21 years, increasing thereafter. Several lots on Greenwich Street, which would later run parallel to the east side of the South Tower, are referenced in the agreement.
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