Central Park’s Dutch Harlem

Len Tantillo. The de Forest-Montagne Homestead

The New Amsterdam History Center

cordially invites

its patrons and donors to an exclusive event




Guided walking tour led by prize-winning author

Sara Cedar Miller

Tuesday June 6, 2023

6 to 7:30 PM

The Northern end of Central Park was once the earliest uptown settlement of the Dutch era. On this 1.5-hour walking tour, historian Sara Cedar Miller, author of Before Centra Park, explains why Hendrick and Isaac de Forest and their brother-in-law, Dr. Johannes de la Montagne, chose to live far north of New Amsterdam. You’ll stroll through the land that once was the family’s tobacco bouwerie, and learn about the tragedy and aftermath of Kieft’s War. Miller will enchant you with stories about the residents, their intermarriages, their engagement with slavery, as well as their scandals and tavern life, which lasted up to the taking of the land for Central Park. The Dutch way of life continued to 19th century Harlem.

The tour will begin at 6:00 pm at the Charles A. Dana Center

just inside the Park at Fifth Avenue and 110th Street

RSVP by June 1st

to events@newamsterdamhistorycenter.org

The tour is limited to 30 people

A contribution of $25 per person is requested to confirm your reservation.


Sara Cedar Miller has been the Historian emerita of the Central Park Conservancy since 2017. She was the conservancy photographer from 1984 and also its historian from 1989 to 2017. Her recent book, Before Central Park, (Columbia University Press, 2022) just received the 2023 Lanscape Studies Initiative Book Award. Ms. Miller is also the author of Central Park: An American Masterpiece (Abrams,  2003), Strawberry Fields, Central Park’s Memorial to John Lennon(Abrams, 2011), Seeing Central Park: The Official Guidebook, Updated and Expanded(Abrams, 2021).