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The Payntar Family Supports G.A.H.S.

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This week, William Payntar, a direct descendent of the owners of the old mill and the land that eventually became Queens Plaza corresponded with NYC Councilman Van Bramer concerning the Millstones:

Monday July 26, 2010

Dear Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer & Councilman Peter Vallone Jr.

     I am a direct descendant of the Payntar/Skillman Family, who once owned most of the land in and around what is now called Queens Plaza, formerly Dutch Kills.

     The Historic Payntar Millstones, were used to made flour for Washington’s Continental Army and is indeed a Treasure and worth Preserving.  The Millstones are priceless and played an important part not only in the Revolutionary War but the old way of life in Dutch Kills.  They are now languishing on a Queens Plaza construction site.

     The Greater Astoria Historical Society has done much research on these Millstones.  My family and I really feel that these two Colonial Era Millstones, should be moved to an Exhibit Space within the Greater Astoria Historical Society Building, where they can be exhibited and studied.  They care about History and you should too.  They are not just two pieces of stone.

     It is my hope that our families Millstones will find a home with the Greater Astoria Historical Society.

                                                                                             Yours Truly,

                                                                                             William Henry Payntar Sr.

Wed. July 28, 2010


Thank you for reaching out to our office with your suggestions on the Millstones. The Council Member is taking this issue very seriously and appreciates your concern as well.  Over the course of the last few month the Council Member has met with the Greater Astoria Historical Society, Economic Development Corporation and many other interested civics, community groups and individuals who are interested in the preservation of the Millstones.  Thank you for writing.  

Best regards,

Joe Kenton

Constituent Liaison

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer


Written by licmillstones

July 29, 2010 at 2:34 pm

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