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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

Friends of Connetquot Accomplishments

Since forming the Friends of Connetquot, the Friends have accomplished the following:

  • Formed Friends of Connetquot in 1998 to prevent the NYS from turning it into a Bed & Breakfast
  • Acquired the South Side Sportsmen’s Club Archive
  • Commissioned the Replication of 4 Historic Rocking Chairs (Circa 1870) displayed in the Billiard Room
  • Secured grants for the Mill Restoration
  • Secured grants for the Hatchery Renovation and Reopening of the Historic (Circa 1890) Trout Hatchery, where fishing has resumed.
  • Restored the Kitchen, Lady’s Dining Room, Men’s Dining Room, Billiard Room, and a Period Bedroom
  • Commissioned a Fire Safety Study, Federal Grant and Supervised Installation of Fire Suppression System in Main Building
  • Subsidized and Secured Funding for Interpretive Signs for the Trails and the Hatchery
  • Returned Eliphalet Snedecor’s Portrait to the Main Building From the Town of Islip
  • Developed and Installed the First Self-guided Mobile Device Tour (OnCell Program) to be Offered in a New York State Park
  • Installed Two Turtle-Viewing Rafts and Signage
  • Scholarship Program
  • Lecture Series ~ Educational & Historic Programs
  • Various Fundraising Activities: Annual Gala, Trail Ride, Annual Hunt Dinner, Fishing Outing & Annual Ladies' Tea
  • Involvement in I Love My Parks Day
  • Facilitated Return of Historic (circa 1870) Liquor Lockers
  • Refurbished Sign Posts Which Date From the Days When Montauk Highway Cut Across the Park (circa 1880)
  • Restoration of the Historic Bench on the Front Porch
  • Commissioned and Completed a Complete Architectural Study and Plans for Refurbishing the Historic Circa 1870 Icehouse
  • Located, obtained and returned the old Franklin Stove from the Smithsonian back to the Billiard Room.