East Amwell Historical Society Hosts Talk on Lenni-Lenape Indians

– The East Amwell Historical Society is hosting a presentation on the Lenni-Lenape Indians with archaeologist and archivist Jim Wade on Sunday, May 17 at 2 p.m. at the East Amwell Township Building, 1070 US-202 in East Amwell.

Wade will discuss the history of the Lenape Indians’ settlement in the East Amwell area. Wade was the special project assistant at the New Jersey State Museum researching the 17th- and 18th-century land deeds of the Lenape Indians in the state. He also documented their forced migration westward from New Jersey and north to Canada using historic maps at Princeton University.

“Lenni-Lenape” literally means “common or ordinary people,” but is typically translated as “Original People.” They are considered to be among the most ancient of the Northeastern nations and inhabited New Jersey, Delaware, southern New York and eastern Pennsylvania. Lenni-Lenapes were known as warriors and diplomats, often keeping the peace and mediating disputes between neighboring Native Nation s and were admired by Europeans colonists for their hospitality and mediation skills.

Evidence of the Lenni-Lenape’s one-time presence in our town exists today: The two main roads that intersect in Ringoes (the Old York Road and Route 579) were formed from Native American trails.

Cost is $5, and no reservations are necessary. Refreshments will be served.