For your enjoyment, continue on to read about the history of Long Island’s Winters.

It’s hard to imagine that just over a century ago, when our region of Long Island was referred to as “the sticks”, snow meant getting out on a horse drawn sleigh carriage or using an Ice Scooter to cross over ice and water.

Both methods were the only way to move about during harsh winter conditions. Sleigh carriages were even raced in competitions in New York City after the first snowfall and sleigh carnivals turned out scores of joyriding city folk who wanted to show off their new rides. 

The ice scooter, designed to travel through and between water and ice, was developed around 1874 by Richard Corwin of our neighboring town Bellport. It was used for racing and recreation (search South Bay Scooter Club) as well as transporting materials across the bay