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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

The Friends of Connetquot is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation, conservation and history of the 3,473-acre Connetquot River State Park Preserve. We work to help management protect a pristine environment and historic buildings and artifacts. We also support educational programs, fishing facilities and hiking and equestrian trails.

Upcoming Events/Announcements

  • 2018 Connetquot Fall Fly Fishing Outing

    Fall Fishing OutingFriday, October 5th, 2018


    The Friends would like to invite all to enjoy a day of fly fishing and a tasty gourmet lunch (catered by the Snapper Inn) on the beautiful Connetquot River.

    Admission is $ 75 per person as our costs have increased. We are sorry but there will be no refunds for cancellations.

    There will be fish stocked for the occasion.

    Remember that space is limited, so plan accordingly.

    Click here to register or for more information

  • Historic Haunts of Long IslandHistoric Haunts of Long Island: Ghosts and Legends from the Gold Coast to Montauk Point

    Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 2:00 p.m.

    Just in time for Halloween!  On Saturday, October 20, the Friends of Connetquot host award-winning author Kerriann Flanagan Brosky, who will discuss her book, Historic Haunts of Long Island: Ghosts and Legends from the Gold Coast to Montauk Point, at 2:00 PM.  Journey through Long Island's history as preserved in its ghost stories and spirits who have made their presence known, from Native American legends and beyond.

    Date/Time: Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 2:00 p.m.

    Price: $10 per person. Reservations are required.

    More information/Reservation Form

  • 21st Annual Gala Celebration

    Monday, November 5, 2018 - 6:30pm to 10:30pm

    Where: Captain Bill's - Bay Shore, NY

    Friends of Connetquot cordially invite you to join us for an evening of fun at our 21st Annual Gala Celebration! 

    See the Gala page for more, including reservation/donation information.

    The Friends of Connetquot cordially invites you to join us for an evening honoring the memory of Gil Bergen. Our 22nd Annual Gala will be an evening of sharing memories of the longest serving Park Manager at Conetquot River State Park Preserve. Details and registration will be enclosed within our upcoming newsletter.  Dinner, dancing, open bar, with live and Chinese auctions. Only $75/person.

    An entertaining and fun evening is planned, and we are counting on you to join us in celebrating the past, present and future of the Connetquot Preserve yet again!

  • Christmas in Connetquot

    Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Join the Friends to kick off the Holiday season with Christmas in Connetquot.

    The Friends will be decorating beautiful Christmas trees throughout the main building with many different themes: Fly-Fishing; Origami; Patriotic; Birds; Equestrian; Gilded Age; Woodland and so many more. In addition, St. Nicholas will be there to greet the children with candy canes and we will have cider and cookies and wonderful raffles. Please save the date and join us for the festivities!

    Admission: $8.00 per person; $5.00 for senior and children under 13.

    Time: 11:00 a.m. too 4:00 p.m.

  • Friends' Photo WorkshopThe History of the Connetquot River is Now Available!

    Purchase Bob Giffen's "One Little River: The Story of the Connetquot River" for only $20*

    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.

    Author Bob Giffen, a past president of the Friends of Connetquot and a present member of its Board of Directors, beautifully details the history of the Preserve which once served as a recreational paradise for some of America's most important historical figures and men who shaped our nation.

Friends of Connetquot Receive $66,000 Grant from the Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation

September 9, 2015

Oakdale, NY - The Friends of Connetquot Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the Friends were awarded a Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation matching grant of $66,000 to support efforts to restore the Nicoll Grist Mill located in the Connetquot River State Park Preserve. The Mill, which dates to the early 1700's, is an iconic structure and one of the few mills in the nation whose mechanisms are still based on the original Norse design utilizing a horizontal wheel to grind.

The Friends have been spearheading the restoration of the Mill. To date, work on the foundation, framing, shingles and doors has been completed. The Friends will utilize the matching grant from the Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation to reinstall the main drive mechanism, horizontal wheel and mill stones. Once complete, the Mill will be a museum dedicated to increasing the public’s understanding of the social and industrial history of Long Island and the Preserve's role within that framework.

Friends Board Chair Robert Labuski, speaking on behalf of the Board, has said that the Friends "are very grateful to the Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation for their constant support of the Mill restoration. Their generosity is allowing us to finish the Mill restoration, which, when complete, will be a new cultural resource for the residents of Long Island."

Download this press release in PDF format.

Chairman's Letter, FOC Newsletter, Summer 2018

The Chairman's Letter for Summer 2018 has been released.

Here are the highlights:

Please visit the Chairman's Letter page to read the full letter.

OnCell Audio Walking Tour!

Did you know you can take a walking audio tour of Connetquot River State Park Preserve using your own cell phone?  Thanks to OnCell and the Friends of Connetquot, you can learn about the history behind the landmarks of the park such as Mile Marker "50", the various bridges along the trails, the Ice House, Hatchery and more!  Plus, you can find out what to look for as you walk the trails of the park.  It's a whole new way to see Connetquot even if you've been here hundreds of times.

Simply download the map here or get one at the entrance booth as you come in to the park.  Call 631-703-3313 to begin the tour and look for the markers along the trail.  Enter the number on the marker and you'll be treated to a short summary of what you're looking at and what to look for.

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