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The mission of the Conference House Association is to preserve, protect, and maintain the historic Conference House, educate visitors about its historical significance and the role it played in the birth of our nation, and use the lessons learned from the failed peace conference to help resolve modern day conflicts within our youth and community.
The Conference House was built circa 1680 and is the only pre-Revolutionary War manor house still surviving in New York City. A National and NYC Landmark, It is named in honor and commemoration of the famous peace conference of 1776. On September 11, 1776, Continental Congress representatives John Adams, Edward Rutledge, and Benjamin Franklin met with the King’s representative, Lord Richard Howe, at Colonel Christopher Billopp’s home on Staten Island. The British would not consider independence a negotiable term and the congressional representatives had been authorized only to negotiate terms that included independence. No reconciliation was reached. The house is located at the southern end of Staten Island in Conference House Park and overlooks Raritan Bay.
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