Fort Tyler, Gardiners Point Island, N.Y.
The historical section of the Fort Tyler exhibit benefited greatly from the images of sightseers touring the abandoned fort in the early 1900s that were provided by Bolling Smith, member of the Coast Defense Study Group. More than 20 years ago, the late Maj. Gen. George Ruhlen donated copies of his photographs of Fort Tyler to the HLFM. They were invaluable for this project. Paul Martin, an unofficial historian of Mitchel Field, Long Island, generously shared images of and information about that airfield and the B-10 bombers that used Fort Tyler as a bombing practice target in 1936.
The 21st century section of the Fort Tyler exhibit is almost entirely comprised of photographs taken by former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Curt Kessler. He also provided the video footage of Gardiners Point Island taken in 2013 after Superstorm Sandy. Special thanks go out to Curt. This section of the exhibit rests entirely on the foundation of his in-depth documentation of “The Ruins.”
Thanks also to Marisela LaGrave for her editing work on Curt Kessler’s video of Gardiners Point Island, 2013. Southold Town Historian Amy Folk was of great help, as was Jon Fuller of Groton Long Point.
The following institutions provided additional images: Coast Defense Study Group, East Hampton Library, National Archives and Records Administration, and The National Museum of the United States Airforce.
Thank you all. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Henry L. Ferguson Museum