General Introduction to Camp Upton’s History Located in the eastern portion of the town of Brookhaven sits what is now known as Brookhaven National Laboratory or BNL. The lab exists on 5,265 acres of land that was once occupied by Camp Upton—a military encampment that was named after a Civil War general, Emory Upton. The […]

Many New Yorkers may believe that La Guardia and JFK are New York Cities only airports, but little know that New York had 2 other airports relatively close to their predecessors. One of those airports is being converted into a National Parks Service area, and still has the remnant’s of when it was used as […]

CAMP HERO: FROM MILITARY INSTALLATION TO STATE PARK Located at Mantauk Point on the easternmost end of Long Island, the park that is today known as Camp Hero has a rich military history that extends back to birth of the United States. As a result of the 1776 Battle of Long Island, which revealed this […]

It was back in 1812 that “Uncle Billy Dayton” set the first white pine seedlings on his farm in Middle Island on the road to Yaphank. As the years passed, the trees grew and seeded themselves over the land that surrounded the first planting, until they covered nearly 15 acres, and became the most beautiful […]

If you’ve ever traveled on the Port Jefferson ferry you may have noticed a faint beacon in the distance just west of the harbor. Old Field Lighthouse is just what you are seeing as it stands guard over the dangerous cliffs of the area just west of Port Jefferson, NY. Located: 207 Old Field Rd, […]

Many people do not realize that Queens is filled with wonderful green spaces, or that there are recreational opportunities available throughout the region. Those outsiders think that Queens is nothing but tall buildings and endless traffic, but longtime residents know better. They know that Queens is home to some wonderful parks, including Fort Totten. The […]

Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve reaches from Long Island Sound across Lloyd Neck to Lloyd Harbor and occupies approximately 1,500 acres. Located in the Town of Huntington in the Village of Lloyd Harbor, it includes open meadows, pristine beaches, hardwood forests, specimen trees and shrubs, and a freshwater pond in addition to Field’s main house […]

Hoyt Farm Town Park, located in the Town of Smithtown, is well known by local residents for it’s numerous recreational and educational activities. The current boundaries of the park sit on what was originally a land grant known as the Winnecomac Patent, which dates back to 1703 when the Royal Governor of New York had […]

While many people travel the North Fork, little know about the vast array of lighthouses that dot its shorelines, nor do they know that Southold actually has the most lighthouses out of any town in New York State. Horton Point Lighthouse, restored and preserved by the Southold township is an example. This little parcel of […]

Over the course of it’s History, the Fire Island Lighthouse has played a significant role in guiding transatlantic ships traveling into the New York Harbor. For many, this would be their first sight of the United States, as they were European immigrants arriving in America.   The current lighthouse that stands, is not the first […]