The Poospatuck Land

During the 1700’s the Unkechaug were given 175 acres of land to live on by William Smith. The 175 acres consisted of several scattered parcels.  The main parcel was on the Forge River. It can not be said with certainty why the parcels were scattered. However, one theory is that at least some of the parcels may have been burial grounds or existing villages. Within a few decades the majority of the land had been returned, leaving the Unkechaug with the 52 acres that make up the Poospatuck Reservation today.

 ~ from an interview with John Strong & Amy Wallace 14 Dec 2007

 

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