Mansion House Cottages on Bell Hill, circa 1913. Postcard published by Brown & Dawson. Museum Collection. Island History by Pierce Rafferty In 1889, two brothers named Edmund and Walton Ferguson, both successful bankers, bought approximately ninetenths of Fishers Island from the Fox family. The new owners immediately began to implement a plan to
The Henry L. Ferguson Museum is pleased to announce that Bronya Shillo has chosen to donate one percent of the sales from her Fishers Island Lemonade company to the Henry L. Ferguson Museum. (This popular lemonade and alcohol “concoction” is packaged in a can that features an award-winning design.) The annual donation is received
Sad News on HLFM’s Tagged Ospreys Osprey Charlie is Presumed Dead. Throughout early December 2015, the HLFM received cell-tower transmitter signals from tagged Osprey Charlie as he headed south through Cuba on his southern migration. He passed into the Dominican Republic on December 13th. The last transmitter signals from Charlie were received on December 19th.
Martin Becker and Alex Todororovic-Jones Yale School of Forestry Graduate Students to Assist Land Trust Martin Becker and Alex Todororovic-Jones, graduate students from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, will be on Fishers Island during the months of June and July, 2016. They are helping the Museum’s Land Trust to develop
Nature Notes by Terry McNamara Northern Black Racer adult When you walk on Fishers Island during the summer months, you’re likely to encounter a snake or two in the fields or open woodlands. Turn over a few rocks, and you might find a few more. You’ll probably get no more than the briefest
Nature Notes Excerpted from “Rocks, Plants, Birds and People of Fishers Island”  by the late Edwin Horning Eastern Screech Owl Birds No Longer Nesting or Decreasing Barn Owl: This owl once nested in the old ice house on the shore of Middle Farm Pond. The last time that it nested there was
I don’t know about you, but the first seventy degree days always have me itching for summer and the return to Fishers Island. I am particularly excited to get to Fishers this summer to see the Museum’s newly renovated Second Floor. By adding a whole new level of public space, this renovation significantly increases the
The Second Floor: A New Public Space The Richard E. Riegel, Jr. Maritime Library Housed in the Tower Room, the Richard E. Riegel, Jr. Maritime Library holds more than 500 maritime and nautical books and magazines, primarily from the library of the late Jerry Riegel, but supplemented by donations from the Burton G. Tremaine,