Photo of the Week


“How shall we know it is us without our past?”
– John Steinbeck

by Wendy Polhemus-Annibell, Head Librarian

Gardiner’s Island (Chace Map, 1858). (Image from the Collection of the Suffolk County Historical Society Library Archives.)

Gardiner’s Island is rich with history that dates back to the colonial days of America. It all started in 1639, when the island was settled by Lion Gardiner. According to Robert David Lion Gardiner in the film Gardiner’s Island: A Visit with Robert David Lion Gardiner (1979), Lion Gardiner acquired the property first by deed from the Montaukett Indians for “a large black dog, some powder and shot, and a few Dutch blankets,” and then by a grant from King Charles I. The island has been privately owned for over three hundred years by Lion Gardiner’s descendants, and is the only property in the United States still intact as part of an original royal grant, Mr. Gardiner tells us in the film.

There’s still time to register for our October 19 Tea & Talk on Robert David Lion Gardiner and Gardiner’s Island with Karl Grossman! Call 631-727-2881 x100 to register today! 



VISIT: Suffolk County Historical Society / Photo of the Week / 2019


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