Purchase "One Little River"
THE HISTORY OF THE CONNETQUOT RIVER
IS NOW AVAILABLE!
Purchase "One Little River: The Story of the Connetquot River" for only $20*
(This special price is
available only at The Connetquot River State Park
Preserve Gift Shop
and this website.)
*$5.00 will be added for shipping and handling if ordered through the
website. If you want to purchase the book at the Connetquot gift
shop, no parking fee will be applied if you let the person at the
entrance know you're only there to buy the book.
One Little River is the story of the Connetquot
River, an area on the south shore of Long
Island, NY with a remarkable natural and cultural history. First inhabited by Native Americans until 1683, when William Nicoll came
from England to settle in land he acquired from
the natives. Nicoll and his descendants then
held the land and lived on it for almost two
Recreational hunting and fishing on the river,
began in the early nineteenth century when an
inn near the river, which was a stop on a
public stage route along the South Country
Road, made the abundance of fish, fowl and
other game in the area accessible to its patrons. The sport was further developed in
1866, by a select group of prominent businessmen who would purchase the inn and turn it
into the fabled South Side Sportsmen's Club,
a paradise for millionaires. Vanderbilts, Belmonts, Cuttings, Whitneys, Carnegies and
Tiffanys were some of the Club's notable
members; while William T. Sherman, U.S.
presidents Martin Van Buren, Ulysses S.
Grant, Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland,
Theodore Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover were
a few of the Club's occasional guests.
"Thank you for this exceptional piece of
scholarship...It is important to both have
this record of history and the vision for
future conservation and preservation that One Little River represents."
- STEVEN ENGLEBRIGHT, NYS ASSEMBLYMAN
"This unique book provides the unknown story of several aspects of
Long Island history - partly environmental, partly historical, partly
national." - GAYNELL STONE, SUFFOLK COUNTY ARCHAEOLOGICAL ASSN.
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