The full content of this document is only available to subscribing institutions. More information can be found via

Title John Terhune (1767-1842): Coney Island Proposal Correspondence
Author/Creator Terhune, John
Date 30 Jul 1814
Document type Correspondence
Description A letter addressed to John Terhune regarding the development of Coney Island. The author discusses the development of buildings, organising a regular ferry system from New York and raising sheep on the land. He lays out potential financial costs and communicates that he has began legal discussions. He believes that Coney Island could become a prime entertainment resort.
Biographical information The Terhune and Wyckoff family papers (1747-1932) include documents of two prominent families, affiliated through marriage, from Gravesend in Kings County, New York (part of the New York City borough of Brooklyn after 1898). John Terhune (1767-1842) played a significant role in the early development of Coney Island as a resort location, and the collection includes some documents on that subject and on a dispute over whether to incorporate the town of Gravesend. The bulk of the collection, dating from the first half of the nineteenth century and likely compiled principally in connection with the administration of the estates of various Terhunes and Wyckoffs, includes bills, receipts, promissory notes, inventories, deeds, indentures, court filings, and other financial and legal documents.
Theme(s) Beachfront: Seaside and Coastal Destinations  
Regions United States of America  
Country/State New York  
Keywords Coney Island, finance, business, steamboat, agriculture
Collection Terhune and Wyckoff Family Papers, 1747-1932
Reference ARC.279
Library Brooklyn Historical Society
Language English
Additional information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Brooklyn Historical Society catalogue.
Document linked to Abraham Terhune Papers, 1801-1839
Coney Island House Indenture and Correspondence
Copyright Brooklyn Historical Society