Regenerating Tottenville

From oystering, to strip malls, to a communitiy of ongoing learning--searching for the path to 21st century revitalization by restoring human networks.   
 

During the past few decades, the economic and social framework of our community has declined.  History tells us that Tottenville developed rapidly in the nineteenth century from a small fishing and agricultural community to a thriving commercial hub centered around the oyster industry.  Later, when the oyster industry was shut down, a local Board of Trade welcomed new waterfront industries.  The Atlantic Terra Cotta Works, Tottenville Copper Co. (Nassau Smelting), and shipbuilding and repair yards soon provided jobs and economic stability.   After two World Wars and the Great Depression, only Nassau continued its operations here, with small businesses (mom-and-pop shops), mostly along Main St., contributing not only to a healthy local  economy, but becoming an important source of community social interaction.  What’s left today?  None of the above. 

Regenerating Tottenville is just getting underway.  This is a new and exciting approach to revitalization of the community we love.  It will not happen quickly.  Will it be effective?  We do not know.  But we have to try. 


 
 
 

Research services

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FAMILY HISTORY

REQUESTS

Millions of Americans are searching for their ancestors. It can be exciting. And it can uncover the expected! 

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HOUSE HISTORY

Chronology report

How old is your home and who was it built for? Are you interested in learning the history of your property and home?

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YEARBOOK SEARCH

YEARBOOK COLLECTION

The Tottenville High School Yearbook Collection has proven to be a valuable genealogical resource.

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FAMILY KEEPSAKES

organizing family PAPERS

Organizing, preserving and storing your important family keepsakes - documents, photographs and artifacts - is important!

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