Friends of Connetquot River State Park Preserve
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FOC Receives Grants!

The Friends are proud of the support from the foundations whose links appear below. The capacity building grants they have awarded us will greatly help in strengthening our organization for the benefit of Connetquot River State Park Preserve:

The Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation

New York State Council on the Arts

Parks & Trails New York

Upstate History Alliance

Click here to read the details of these grants

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 hundred years.

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.

Testimonials

"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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