Rose and Crown Tavern

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The Rose and Crown Tavern stone marker

The Rose and Crown Tavern was a farmhouse and tavern located in New Dorp, Staten Island.


The tavern was built by Huguenot immigrants in 1665.[1]

During the American Revolution the tavern was owned by Cornelius Vanderbilt, the uncle of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt. An historian described the tavern as "one-story building of stone, with a hall through the middle, and rooms on either side; in front was a large elm tree." During the British occupation, King William stayed at the tavern as a young adult for an extended period during 1781. [2]

In 1776, General William Howe, with his aides-de-camp and 30,000 British and Hessian soldiers, was encamped on Staten Island awaiting orders to invade New York City. During that time, the tavern became the local British headquarters.[1] On July 9, 1776, General Howe read the United States Declaration of Independence to his troops at this tavern.[1] Other military occupants of the tavern representing the British included General Wilhelm von Knyphausen and Sir Guy Carleton.

The building itself was demolished in 1854.[1] In 1855 an Italianate mansion was built on the site by David R. Ryers, who sold it in the 1890s to German confectioner Gustave Mayer, who invented Nilla wafers at that location. the formula of which was sold to Nabisco. The house, considered haunted, is currently up for sale for US$2.3 million. [3]

In 1921, the Richmond County Charter of the Daughters of the American Revolution erected a stone marker at the approximate location of the tavern to signify that the tavern once stood there. The marker is located at the corner of New Dorp Lane and Richmond Road.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Rose and Crown Tavern". The Historical Marker Database. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ Renehan, Jr., Edward J. Commodore Basic Cooks, 2007, page 10
  3. ^ 'Haunted' New York mansion used for high- end fashion shoots on sale for $2.3 million. Daily Mail, February 25, 2015. Accessed April 24, 2015

Coordinates: 40°34.54′N 74°7.2′W / 40.57567°N 74.1200°W / 40.57567; -74.1200