New York Governor Thomas Dongan issued the royal patent in 1686 giving the trustees a permanent easement over many of the town's beaches and waterways.
The tenets eventually written into state law have been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
This ceremony marked the actual date that Governor Thomas Dongan, at the behest of the Duke of York (later King James), established the County of Orange within the province of New York.Orange County was one of New York's original Counties created by Governor Thomas Dongan, under the authority of the Duke of York, the colony's proprietor, in 1683.
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