View of the Month: 2012 Archive

December 2012


Long before Starbucks commanded one of the busiest corners in town, and long before Commuter's Stationery occupied the exact same corner, the Victoria Hotel served for several decades at the corner of Main Street and Haven Avenue.  This view, taken from across Main Street, shows the corner with Main Street heading off to the right (where this couple is walking) and Haven Avenue heads up to the left (where you can see carriage tracks having made the turn).  You can even faintly see the trolley tracks on Main Street.

The Victoria Hotel was built in 1905 by local builder Walter Mullon, just a few years after the Long Island Rail Road came to Port Washington, ushering in the swift development of Port Washington as a commuting town.  At the time, Main Street was still named Flower Hill Avenue (renamed to Main Street in 1912) and Port Washington's largest hotel boasted a bowling alley, a pool table and "Electric Illumination!".   It was torn down in 1928.

November 2012

Sorry for the storm-enforced delay!  We hope all our townspeople get their electricity, their properties, and their lives back to normal very soon.

Once upon a time, not too very long ago, Port Washington had its own bowling alley.  King Kullen occupies the spot now, but in it's day, Bay Bowl thrived as people flocked to roll a heavy ball into a bunch of foot-tall pins.  And then there were the best french fries in town… 

This photograph is from the 1960's, and if you email us your memories of Bay Bowl, we might just add them to this page for the rest of our community to share.  Give it a try.  Share your thoughts by emailing them to us!

Memories of Bay Bowl:

Every year for several years in a row I had my birthday party, starting at Plandome Country Club and ending at Bay Bowl.. 10 or 12 of us  were all dressed to the nines from the Club and showed up at Bay Bowl with ties and proper dress, only to shed the ties and jackets and get dirty with the french fries and cokes....I remember one of my friends who will go unnamed bowling an 18 with what seemed to be 5 or 6 straight gutter balls as a result of our harassing of him...and it seemed like only yesterday we would show up in full snow attire only to disrobe and spend the afternoon at Bay Bowl out of our mother"s hair.  And parents thought nothing of dropping us kids off unattended and picking them up 2-3 hours later...imagine that would never happen!  Great memories of days that are gone, maybe forever…   ---Bill Gordon

I remember the bowling balls with the big yellow stars AND blowing all over the icy parking lot while waiting for my dad to pick me up. Also remember the yummy hot dogs & greasy french fries :)  ---Marla Freeman

October 2012

Photograph from 1923 showing Principal Charlotte Merriman with her teachers.  From left to right are Sarah Dickinson, Mildred Lane, Merry Brooks (mother of Helen Morgan Vogt), Evelyn Topping, an unidentified substitute, Charlott Merriman - Principal, Frances Buckley, Sarah (Sally) Welch, Alice Smith, and Hazle Tryon;  Miss Merriman, as she was always referred to as, came to Port Washington from an upstate teacher's college in 1915; Over the course of several decades she catalogued the history of our peninsula in "Tales of Sintsink", starting with the Matinecock indians and ending with the first World War.  One of our readers tells me that when she went to Main Street School in the early 1950's, that this book was used as the third grade social studies textbook.  

Many years later, at the request of our Society, she wrote her story of coming to Port Washington, which we published in our very first Journal of The Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society, in the mid- 1960's.  As part of the celebration of our 50th year, we have reprinted her entire story in our new Journal, 1962-2012.  Hot off the presses, this journal with Miss Merriman's story, plus seveveral other fascinating stories, will be mailed to all members of the Society in October.

Starting this month we will catalog our past Views of the Month here… which is also available from our main pull-down menu.

This photograph comes to us courtesy of Helen Morgan Vogt, and if you have historic photographs of Port Washington, we'd love to see them!  You might consider donating them to the Society or at least allowing us to scan or re-photograph them.  Email us your thoughts anytime!

September 2012
And here's the other wonderfully historic shot.  You are standing on the end of the Town Dock, when it was known as the "Public Dock", before the Town of North Hempstead took it over.  The wooden dock isn't wide, hasn't been expanded toward what is now Louise's, and you are looking back towards Bradley's, the most famous restaraunt in town.  There is no Sunset Park (yet), and the land that now makes up that beautiful park (with the Sousa Bandshell) hasn't been filled in yet.  Boys in their one piece bathing outfits are having fun, just the same as they do today.

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