Present-day Summit was the site of a community of Lenni Lenape Native Americans. The Lenni Lenape, part of a larger group of Indian tribes which inhabited the Northeastern parts of North America, were often referred to as a group historically as the “Delaware Indians”. The community in Summit occupied the area of land on which the Summit Municipal Golf Course is now located. Work there in 1964 uncovered old Native American fire pits, broken arrowheads, and a pipe. The Lenni Lenape were eventually driven westward during colonial expansion and, after the Revolution, during the United States’ westward expansion. They now collectively number around 16,000, and are located on reservations in Oklahoma and Wisconsin.
The Lenni Lenape
February 28, 2012