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James S. Casey: Fishers Island’s First Resident Photographer

By |2020-05-28T18:10:22-04:00May 28th, 2020|Island History, Photo Gallery|

James S. Casey’s cottage and photography studio, Fishers Island, N.Y., circa 1918. This cottage is today painted a distinctive blue and sits at the base of the hill across from the former Grebe/Stern house. James S. Casey: Fishers Island’s First Resident Photographer James S. Casey, Fishers Island’s first resident photographer, lived in

Claypit Views and Brickyard Maps

By |2020-05-28T13:53:00-04:00May 28th, 2020|Island History, Photo Gallery|

Claypit Views and Brickyard Maps From The History of Brickmaking on Fishers Island At its height in the 1880s, the brickyard on Fishers Island was one of the largest in the Northeast—some claimed the entire country—with a production capacity of 18 million bricks per annum.

Lyles Beach & Munnatawket Hotels

By |2020-03-19T01:14:51-04:00March 19th, 2020|Photo Gallery|

The Changing Face of the Lyles Beach & Munnatawket Hotels The Lyles Beach Hotel (1882-1891) Billed as “The Coney Island of the East”, the Lyles Beach Hotel was Fishers Island’s first major hotel.  Located on the island’s north shore several hundred yards west of the entrance to West Harbor, the Lyles Beach catered primarily

F.I. Telephone Co: A Brief History

By |2020-05-04T21:27:14-04:00June 12th, 2013|Island History, Photo Gallery|

Island Telephone 1890’s ~ Fishers Island’s Telephone Co. is Formed The Fishers Island Telephone Co. was formed in the early 1890s by the Ferguson brothers. 1920’s ~ Olmsted Plan An infrastructure upgrade known as the “Olmsted Plan” brought brand new telephone lines and

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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