Recent Updates
  • By Turf & Twig
    A look at how an odd ceremony used to convey land dating back to the 12th Century AD was still in use in colonial Glen Cove

  • Company E Gets Their Colors
    Just a month after the outbreak of teh Civil War, the ladies of Glen Cove present a hand-sewn company flag to the Glen Cove Militia (Company E of the 15th New York State Militia, aka The Hamilton Rifles)

  • Valentine Mott, MD (1785-1865)
    One of the most famous surgeons of the 19th Century was Valentine Mott, born in Musketa Cove in 1785. He was a pioneer in venous surgery and helped pave the way for acceptance of surgical anaesthesia.

  • Establishment of the Glen Cove Telegraph (1872)
    After years of meetings, proposals, and fund raising efforts, Glen Cove is finally connected to the rest of the world by a telegraph!

  • Martin E Thompson (1786-1877) - Architect & Artist
    One of New York's leading architects of the 1820-1840 era. (Part of an ongoing series on famous people who lived in or visited Glen Cove.)

The Glen Cove boys are expert catchers of trout and frogs, giving the preference to the latter. It is noticeable as a freak of domestic economy that one frog will keep sixteen boys out of mischief for an hour and a half.

from: Glen Cove Gazette
23 June 1877


Articles on Glen Cove History
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An Introduction to Glen Cove History


An overview of the history of Dosoris, the estate of Rev. Benjamin Woolsey founded in the 1730's in northern Glen Cove. This is an 1893 article by Georgiana M Clapham, originally published in the October 1893 issue of New England Magazine. Fairly well researched.

Musketa Cove Becomes Glen Cove (1834)

A look at how old "Skeety Cove" was renamed as Glen Cove.

Land Use In the Garvies Point/Landing District (1830-1840)

This is a test of the feasibility of using the 1830's Coast and Geodetic Survey maps of Glen Cove to analyze land use patterns in Glen Cove during that era.

Some Glen Cove Earthquakes (1844-1893)

Even a geologically stable area like Long Island gets the occasional small tremor! Here's a look at a few tremblers in the 19th Century

The Glen Cove Waltz (1846)

Was this piece of music named in honor of our community? We can't be sure just yet.

Brevet Major General Frederic Winthrop "The Union's Last Martyr"

Frederic Winthrop, son of a Dosoris estate owner, enlisted in the army during the Civil War and rose from the rank of private to general. He was killed just days before Lee's surrender.

Thomas W Kennard and the Steam Yacht Octavia (1865)

During the 1860's Thomas W Kennard was an English railroad engineer who owned Glen Chalet, an estate in Glen Cove's Landing district. His luxury steam yacht, the Octavia, was among the earliest in Hempstead Harbor.

Fresh Pond Farm - The Thomas T Jackson Estate & Summer Resort (ca.1850-1890)

Located at the north end of what is today's Crescent Beach Road, Thomas T Jackson operated his estate as a resort during the summer months. One of his most prestigious guests was presidential candidate Stephen A Douglas.

The Kirk Building (1859)

Glen Cove's first three storey brick building was constructed in 1859 to house the offices and press of the local newspaper and the Coles' general store.

Bowne's Glen Cove Directory (1867)

Local antiquarian Jacob T Bowne compiled a manuscript directory of local businesses and tradesmen in 1867

Some 19th Century Glen Cove Business Ads

Scans of advertisements appearing in a 1876 issue of the Glen Cove Gazette. Grab a dozen oysters at Hawkhurst's Oyster Saloon, or some ice cream at Williams' Drug Store, and don't forget to buy a pig from Madison Ham!

Benhams & Stoutenborough's Tinware Factory (1870)

Located on Glen Street next to the site of the Justices' Court, Benhams & Stoutenborough helped fulfill the nation's need for every sheet tin items from pie pans to coal scuttles.

Establishment of the Glen Cove Telegraph (1872)

After years of meetings, proposals, and fund raising efforts, Glen Cove is finally connected to the rest of the world by a telegraph!

Charles Appleby's Trout Pond (1873)

One of the early "Gold Coast" estate owners in Glen Cove constructed his own trout pond at Garvies Point in order to ensure a ready supply of tasty fish for his dinner table.

The Glen Cove Breakwater (1888)

Authorized in 1888, Glen Cove's massive stone breakwater was designed and constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers to protect Glen Cove's steamboat landing and adjacent waters. By Richard J Reynolds.

The Race of the Presto (1892)

A young woman's account of a catboat race at the Hempstead Harbor Club in 1892... which cincentrates more on the social events of the day than racing. Still, an interesting look at a family's participation in a sail race in the late Victorian era.

The Bells of St Patrick's Church (1900)

In 1900, two wealthy Gold Coast families donated a peal of bells to St Patrick's Church (then under construction) in Glen Cove

Leahead - The Henry W J Bucknall Estate (1900)

A brief history of the Red Spring Colony estate of cork and linoleum magnate Henry Bucknall.

Harbor Beach Pavilion (1902)

In 1902, a group of affluent residents constructed a bathing pavilion at Garvies Point to provide Glen Cove residents with a place to enjoy the beach - after affluent residents of Glen Cove seized most of the beaches in Glen Cove for their estates.

Station 10, New York Yacht Club

The first home of the New York Yacht Club (built 1844) was moved to Glen Cove in 1904 to become the club's Station 10. It was one of the most famous landmarks on Glen Cove's waterfront throughout most of the 20th Century. By Richard J Reynolds, originally published in the Summer 1997 isue of the Long Island Forum.

The Day Morgan was Shot (1915)

A deranged Harvard professor burst into J P Morgan's Glen Cove mansion in an effort to stop World War One. (Large file... please be patient while it downloads!)

Boy Scout Camps At Appleby's Woods (Garvies Point) (1915-1920)

Between 1915 and 1920, two early Boy Scout camps were in use in Appleby's Woods (now Garvies Point Preserve).

The Tree of Light: Glen Cove's First Community Christmas Tree (1915)

In 1915, Glen Cove erected its first outdoor, community Christmas Tree as part of a national movement to bring communities togather.

Somewhere In France: Glen Cove's World War One Soldiers Write Home (1917-1919)

Excerpts of letters written by Glen Cove's soldiers serving in France during World War One.

Streets Named For Glen Cove’s War Dead: World Wars One and Two

A look at the streets named for Glen Cove soldiers and sailors who made the ultimate sacrifice in World Wars One and Two.

Gem Cutting in Glen Cove (1919)

A prominent NYC company started a gem cutting business in the abandoned Presbyterian church in Glen Cove in 1919, employing mostly young women to do the delicate work.

Wreck of the Rumrunner W T Bell (1927)

Carrying a cargo of $500,000 worth of illegal booze, the schooner W T Bell was reportedly headed for Glen Cove when she went aground in a gale off Bayville.

Glen Cove's War Dead: World War Two

Biographies of Glen Cove's soldiers and sailors who gave their lives for their country. (This section is incomplete... but its a start)

Solomon Bessel - Killed in Action in the Pacific 1943

Dr Tiffany Manning - Killed in Action in Europe 1944

Howard T Reynolds - Killed in Service 1944

"Wish You Were Here"
Glen Cove In Early Postcards

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Historic Maps of Glen Cove


Glen Cove Cemetery Survey

The Office of the City Historian has begun a survey of all of the cemeteries in Glen Cove. Much of the work will have to wait until the snow is off the ground and the City Historian has defrosted. But the preliminary report on the Landing Cemetery is finished.

Landing Cemetery

Glen Cove Today

A gallery of photographs of people and places in our
community in recent years

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Agricultural Data

Our region - which was originally part of the Town of Oyster Bay in Queens County - was part of the "bread basket" for New York City throughout much of the colonial era and the early 19th Century. We're collecting information on agriculture - not only in Glen Cove, but in eastern Queens as applicable - to help develop a picture of agriculture in our region of Long Island.

Queens County Agriculture - an 1842 report, written by Albert G Carll of Oyster Bay, which provides a description of the state of affairs of agriculture in Queens County.

Notes on Long Island - an 1848 artcile describing several of teh farms in northern Oyster bay, including Youngs farm   

History of Neighboring Communities

(while these articles may not have anything to do with Glen Cove, some stories are just too good to ignore...)

Dudgeon's Flying Machine

In 1877, a Locust Valley (Lattingtown) engineer who had developed the portable hydraulic jack and constructed a steam-powered automobile envisioned a steam-powered slying machine powered by a rotary engine of his own design.