August Hawkins and his sister Prudence around 1900

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Photo ID: 21
Name: Carman's River South
Type: Modern
Date: 24 Oct 2002
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br16
Inventory Name: Squassux Landing
Address: About 372-374 Beaver Dam Road
Source: Deitz
Source Call Number: 021024/P1010020

Comment: Standing at the foot of Beaver Dam Rd., looking south. The marina is to the right.

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Photo ID: 22
Name: Carman's River North
Type: Modern
Date: 2002
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br16
Inventory Name: Squassux Landing
Address: About 372-374 Beaver Dam Road
Source: Deitz
Source Call Number:

Comment: From the foot of Beaver Dam Rd., looking north.

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Photo ID: 32
Name: Squassux Landing Gazebo
Type: Modern
Date: 2002
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br16
Inventory Name: Squassux Landing
Address: About 372-374 Beaver Dam Road
Source: Deitz
Source Call Number:

Comment: Looking south.

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Photo ID: 33
Name: Squassux Landing Marina
Type: Modern
Date: 2002
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br16
Inventory Name: Squassux Landing
Address: About 372-374 Beaver Dam Road
Source: Deitz
Source Call Number:

Comment: Looking south. Carman's River is to the left. One of two man-made canals.

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Photo ID: 167
Name: Squasux Landing
Type: Post Card
Date: 1905
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br16
Inventory Name: Squassux Landing
Address: About 372-374 Beaver Dam Road
Source: Post-Morrow
Source Call Number: RG# Series 1

Comment:

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Photo ID: 156
Name: Squassock's Dock
Type: Post Card
Date: Uncertain
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br16
Inventory Name: Squassux Landing
Address: About 372-374 Beaver Dam Road
Source: Post-Morrow
Source Call Number: RG3 Series 1

Comment: Looking north along the river. The house seen in the distance is no longer present. It may be the house identified on the 1873 Beers and 1888 Wendelken maps as belonging to J. Carman. Or perhaps it is the house identified in the 1858 Beaver Dam Road Survey as belonging to Moses Swezey, which was apparently the most easterly house on Beaver Dam Road. In the 1860 Census, Moses Swezey and Joseph Carman were living adjacent or near to each other. It was later the Michelson Boarding House/Summer Hotel.

Note that there is no gazebo in this picture – dating the post card pre-gazebo, if one knew when the gazebo was first constructed

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Photo ID: 158
Name: Squassocks
Type: Post Card
Date: Uncertain
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br16
Inventory Name: Squassux Landing
Address: About 372-374 Beaver Dam Road
Source: Post-Morrow
Source Call Number: RG3 Series 1

Comment:

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Photo ID: 107
Name: Squassux Landing
Type: Post Card
Date: Early 20th Century
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br16
Inventory Name: Squassux Landing
Address: About 372-374 Beaver Dam Road
Source: Post-Morrow
Source Call Number: RG3 Series 1

Comment: From the collection of postcards at the Post-Morrow Foundation. On the reverse side, in an unknown hand, is written: "At the dock: Capt. 'Bythe' Gerardi -- 'Fannie Fern'" In the lower right, in what appears to be a different hand, is written: "Marie M. Barteau"

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Photo ID: 318
Name: Smith Point Ferry Dock
Type: Historic
Date: Unknown Early 20th century
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br16
Inventory Name: Squassux Landing
Address: About 372-374 Beaver Dam Road
Source: Ken Spooner
Source Call Number: http://geocities.com/shirleyguy2004/Smith2.html

Comment: Squassux Landing was the terminus for ferry service to the Smith's Point ocean beach in the early 20th century.

Ken Spooner has a collection of early Smith's Point photographs and commentary at
http://www.geocities.com/shirleyguy2004/SmithPoint.html

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Photo ID: 157
Name: Dock
Type: Post Card
Date: abt 1905
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br16
Inventory Name: Squassux Landing
Address: About 372-374 Beaver Dam Road
Source: Post-Morrow
Source Call Number: RG3 Series 1

Comment: The "Fanny Fern," one of the ferries to the Smith Point beach which operated from Squassux Landing.

On backside of post card is written "1905?"

Date Entry Modified: 1/3/2009 12:00:00 AM
Photo ID: 319
Name: The Ferry "Fanny Fern"
Type: Historic
Date: Uncertain - early 20th century
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br16
Inventory Name: Squassux Landing
Address: About 372-374 Beaver Dam Road
Source: Ken Spooner
Source Call Number: http://www.geocities.com/shirleyguy2004/SmithPoint.html

Comment: Operated by Captain Abitha Gerard.

Date Entry Modified: 1/3/2009 12:00:00 AM
Photo ID: 320
Name: Ferry-Boat Passengers
Type: Historic
Date: Uncertain - Early 20th century
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br16
Inventory Name: Squassux Landing
Address: About 372-374 Beaver Dam Road
Source: Ken Spooner
Source Call Number: http://www.geocities.com/shirleyguy2004/SmithPoint.html

Comment: The "captain" standing at the center is likely Captain Abitha Gerard. Captain Gerard was described as "rather natty. He had a blue coat with brass buttons and a captain's hat …." His competitor ferryman, Captain Frank Smith "looked like a mountaineer. He had a black hat and old baggy clothes and a beard." (Alfred Nelson, 1983)

Date Entry Modified: 1/3/2009 12:00:00 AM
Photo ID: 147
Name: Squassocks Dock
Type: Post Card
Date: Uncertain
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br16
Inventory Name: Squassux Landing
Address: About 372-374 Beaver Dam Road
Source: Post-Morrow
Source Call Number: RG1 Series 3

Comment: One copy of this post card has a check mark besides the center sail boat and a notation on the back side which reads: "Capt. Frank Smith's ferry-boat."
Captain Smith's ferry was called then Woodmere.

Date Entry Modified: 1/3/2009 12:00:00 AM
Photo ID: 197
Name: Capt. Frank's Ferry
Type: Historic
Date: 1920
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br16
Inventory Name: Squassux Landing
Address: About 372-374 Beaver Dam Road
Source: Post-Morrow
Source Call Number: RG3 Series 1

Comment: This is likely the Capt. Frank Smith's ferry, the "Woodmere," identified above.

See image 198 for notation on the back.

While the backside notation indicates that they are sailing out of the Carman's River, this notation is in a different hand. Also note that there is a building off the starboard bow of the boat. I do not know of any likely building between Squassux Landing and the mouth of the river.

I believe it more likely they are sailing east, after crossing the Bay. To the starboard is Fire Island; off the port bow is Smith's Point. The building is probably the old Smith's Point Beach Inn.

It also appears as if they are nearly becalmed -- certainly not making much of a wake.

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Photo ID: 198
Name: Back of Photo ID 197
Type: Historic
Date: 1920
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br16
Inventory Name: Squassux Landing
Address: About 372-374 Beaver Dam Road
Source: Post-Morrow
Source Call Number: RG3 Series 1

Comment:

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Photo ID: 321
Name: Smith Point House
Type: Post Card
Date: 1905
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br16
Inventory Name: Squassux Landing
Address: About 372-374 Beaver Dam Road
Source: Deitz
Source Call Number: JD personal collection

Comment: Destination of the Ferries from Squassux Landing.

This is likely the structure to the right of the ferry in the above picture.

There has long been a beach resort type of structure where the Smith Point Bridge comes across today. In addition to ferry service from several locations, there were several wooden bridges erected, which were regularly destroyed by winter ice and storms.

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Photo ID: 152
Name: Squassocks Landing
Type: Post Card
Date: Uncertain
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br16
Inventory Name: Squassux Landing
Address: About 372-374 Beaver Dam Road
Source: Post-Morrow
Source Call Number: RG3 Series 1

Comment: The sailboat at the center looks to me as if it is Capt. Frank Smith's ferry, with the little open structure a waiting area on his dock.

The other sailboat to the right may also be a ferry, the same boat as Image 157 above

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