The Friends of Connetquot
is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the
preservation, conservation and continuation for
future generations of the Connetquot River State
Park Preserve. In order to maintain the
environmental, ecological, cultural and historical
integrity of the 3,473 acre preserve, the groups’
- To help preserve the pristine environment
- To lend support to the management
- To help support the fishing habitat, woodlands, flora and fauna,
hiking and bridle trail facilities and the educational programs
- To help protect and restore historic buildings
The Friends of Connetquot believe that the act of preservation is best accomplished when we keep an eye on the past, a foothold in the present, and our arms outstretched for the future.
Friends' Mid-Year Appeal
The first half of 2013 was a challenging time for
us all as we continued to address the damage caused
by Superstorm Sandy. Like many in our community, the
Preserve was not spared its ravages, but the
Preserve persevered due to the tremendous support it
received. Seeing so many of you rally to the cause
of refurbishing trails and clearing storm debris
from woods and stream on l Love My Park Day in May
made us very happy. We are very thankful to all of
you, and it’s because of your much-appreciated hard
work that the Preserve is slowly returning to its
natural splendor. The Board of the Friends takes
great strength in knowing that you are with us
through thick and thin.
It has been a busy, yet productive year at the Friends, despite the storm. None of our progress, though, would be possible without your gifts. We hope that you will consider supporting us once more. Your past generosity has been greatly appreciated and l hope you are pleased knowing that your donations have helped to maintain the beauty of the Preserve and the many historical, educational, and recreational opportunities it avails. lt could not be done without you.
Please read our full appeal and
about all the work the Friends have done and are
continuing to do, with your help, to keep Connetquot the
treasure that it is.
Thank You Gala Supporters!
Friends of Connetquot held its 2013 Gala Celebration at
Timber Point Country Club in Great River, NY. Gil
Bergen, Preserve Manager for over half a century and
lifetime preservationist was honored and the event was a
huge success. Be sure to check back on the website or
sign subscribe to our mail list (in the left column) to
receive notifications about next year's Gala Celebration
and other great events.
The Friends would like to thank our wonderful supporters
of the 2013 Gala Celebration. Thanks to their
generosity, the evening was a great success and raised
nearly $15,000! Sincere thanks to all the supporters for
making a difference.
See the complete list of all the donors and see pictures from the event.
Nicoll Grist Mill Restoration is Now Underway!
online. Click in the box to the right of the page.
Don't see the box?
If you've been to the Preserve recently, you will no doubt have noticed a flurry of activity at the historic Nicoll Grist Mill. We are happy to report that after much time in planning and with the support of our members and friends—the next phase of the restoration is now underway and will be completed within the next few months.
The Friends are thrilled to restore this important example of Long Island's colonial past. Constructed between 1697 and 1751, it is signiﬁcant as the only surviving example of a horizontal or tub wheel mill in the State. These wheels power the mill and were developed through a technology that can claim its origins from Greece in 85 B.C.! It is also unique because, unlike other mills in the area, such as Roslyn and Stony Brook, it is still on its original site with its building and machinery almost intact.
We have hired WGP Construction, Inc. to do the work. Because there was extensive insect damage in the Mill frame, WGP is slowly replacing the compromised beams, as well as the roof, shingles, windows, and doors. All of which are being finished to the utmost historical accuracy. When complete, the structure will be sound and able to support working mechanisms we plan to install to make the Mill function once more.
Read all about it and see all
OnCell Audio Walking Tour!
Did you know you can take a walking audio tour of Connetquot River State Park Preserve using your own cell phone?
Thanks to OnCell and the Friends of Connetquot, you
can learn about the history behind the landmarks of the
park such as Mile Marker "50", the various bridges along
the trails, the Ice House, Hatchery and more!
Plus, you can find out what to look for as you walk the
trails of the park. It's a whole new way to see
Connetquot even if you've been here hundreds of times.
download the map here or get one at the
entrance booth as you come in to the park. Call
631-703-3313 to begin the tour and look for the markers
along the trail. Enter the number on the marker
and you'll be treated to a short summary of what you're
looking at and what to look for.
Chairman's Letter, FOC Newsletter, Summer 2013
The Chairman's Letter for Summer 2013 has been released.
Here are the highlights:
- Thank you to everyone who volunteered for I Love My Park Day.
- On Sunday, March 24th, Board member Jerry Trapani gathered more than forty volunteers to help clean the equestrian trails at Connetquot River State Park Preserve.
- With the support of our members, who have generously donated to our bi-annual appeals, and our two New York State grants, I am pleased to report that work has commenced on the
- Work is also continuing at the Hatchery. The necessary permits will be filed soon, and shortly thereafter we will construct the new well at the hatchery.
- We cannot stress enough how your support has made all that the Friends do at the Preserve possible. However, we still have a long way to go.
- Several fun activities are planned for the
next few months; please be sure to check the
calendar of events
page for more information.
Please visit the Chairman's Letter page to read the full letter.
OnCell Audio Walking Tour!
Did you know you can take a walking audio
tour of Connetquot River State Park Preserve using your own cell phone? Thanks to
OnCell and the Friends of Connetquot, you can learn about
the history behind the landmarks of the park such as Mile
Marker "50", the various bridges along the trails, the Ice
House, Hatchery and more! Plus, you can find out what
to look for as you walk the trails of the park. It's a
whole new way to see Connetquot even if you've been here
hundreds of times.
Simply download the map here or get one at the entrance booth as you come in to the park. Call 631-703-3313 to begin the tour and look for the markers along the trail. Enter the number on the marker and you'll be treated to a short summary of what you're looking at and what to look for.