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Nature Notes: The Snakes of Fishers Island – Part II

By |2020-04-14T19:22:03+00:00May 23rd, 2017|Nature Notes, Newsletter 2017|

by Terry McNamara In last year’s newsletter we discussed the two most common snakes that you are likely to encounter on our island: the Northern Black Racer and the Eastern Garter Snake. There are two other species of snake that inhabit Fishers Island. You may have encountered the Eastern Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis s. sauritus). It

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Nature Notes: Birds, Plants & Fish of Fort H.G. Wright

By |2020-04-14T19:22:14+00:00May 23rd, 2017|Nature Notes, Newsletter 2017|

Excerpted from: Birds, Plants & Fish of Fort H.G. Wright by the late Edwin Horning [1998]. Silver Eel Cove: Island climate; plants, animals, and folks around the docks Docks on Silver Eel Cove with Pump House in background, circa 2001. “Silver Eel Cove” (where the Fishers Island ferries dock) was a pond before

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Land Trust Report 2016 – Spring 2017

By |2020-04-14T20:08:05+00:00May 23rd, 2017|Land Trust, Newsletter, Newsletter 2017|

Land Trust Report 2016 – Spring 2017 by Bob Miller 2016 was an active and productive year for the Land Trust. We received contributions of two parcels of environmentally sensitive land—one with an area of over one acre on the East End Road donated by Henry and Margaret King,

Island History: Silver Eels Becoming Scarce

By |2020-05-16T09:58:35+00:00May 23rd, 2017|Island History, Newsletter, Newsletter 2017|

by Pierce Rafferty After purchasing the western tip of Fishers Island for fortification purposes in September 1898, one of the U.S. Government’s first tasks was to create a landing dock for supplies. Silver Eel Pond drew immediate attention as a favored site. A letter to the Chief of Engineers, dated December 13, 1898, revealed

Island History: Going to Isabel Beach, Anyone?

By |2020-04-14T20:11:29+00:00May 23rd, 2017|Island History, Newsletter, Newsletter 2017|

The Museum has sought for years to locate details on the shipwreck that gave Isabella Beach its name. .  . Henry L. Ferguson’s history of the island, “Fishers Island, N.Y.: 1614-1925,” published in 1925, had only the sketchiest reference to the wreck: “The schooner Isabella Blake, after which the beach is named, went ashore in

(Nearby) Island History: South Dumpling Island

By |2020-04-14T20:06:06+00:00May 23rd, 2017|Island History, Newsletter, Newsletter 2017|

Man standing on south shore of South Dumpling Island, Fishers Island Sound, 1895. Photo by James S. Casey. by Robert P. Anderson, Jr. My earliest memory of the name South Dumpling Island, almost 70 years ago, was hearing my father Robert P. Anderson entertain guests in the main cabin of our ketch Kestrel

Fowler Family Donates Rare Book to HLFM

By |2020-04-14T20:37:33+00:00May 23rd, 2017|Gifts, Newsletter, Newsletter 2017|

Title page of book donated by Fowler Family. Note signature of John Winthrop, Jr. Fowler Family Donates Rare Book to HLFM Four members of the Fowler family—Angela W. Fowler, Lucius L. Fowler, H. Winthrop Fowler and Cecily F. Grand—have donated a rare 397 year old library catalogue to the Museum. The Catalogus

From the President

By |2020-04-14T19:46:21+00:00May 23rd, 2017|Newsletter, Newsletter 2017|

It is that time of year again. The daffodils are out, the robins are flitting in my yard, and I am planning my summer months at Fishers. I am very excited about this year’s line-up of Museum programs and events. With the generous sponsorship of Altus Partners and Chubb, our director Pierce Rafferty has assembled

Battery Wooster, former site of two 8-inch disappearing guns, Fort Mansfield, Napatree Point, R.I. , circa 2011. Photo by John Leuba.

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