Rocky Point, NY

Indian Rock

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Photography, Nature Study

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3 Sams Path, Rocky Point, NY 11778

About

In late August 2017, the Peconic Land Trust launched a community conservation campaign for the preservation of a unique natural landmark, Indian Rock in Rocky Point, NY. An immense, three story high glacial erratic, which has sat quietly in a Rocky Point neighborhood on land that belonged to one of the first English settlers on Long Island, Noah Hallock. Legend has it that Rocky Point’s name was inspired by this natural wonder. 

The Trust is working closely with with  community groups – including the Rocky Point Historical Society, The Rocky Point Civic Association and the Seatuck Environmental Association – to raise funds for the acquisition. The Trust has until December 31, 2017 to raise $330,000 toward the purchase and restoration of the property.

Once saved, Indian Rock can become a community green space and outdoor classroom. Geologists estimate the boulder to be approximately 450 million years old, brought to North America during the glacial Ice Age begun a million years ago. It is believed that the boulder found its current resting place on Long Island between 18,000 and 20,000 years ago. 

“Indian Rock, the largest boulder in Suffolk County, and quite possibly all of Long Island, is an ideal outdoor classroom for students of all ages,” explained John Turner, Conservation Policy Advocate for Seatuck Environmental Association. “There’s half a billion years’ worth of stories in the rock, with chapters to explain how rocks are made and the continents were formed and moved around. The boulder’s location on a lot in Rocky Point tells another chapter that details how Long Island was formed by glaciers during the Ice Age. This rock should be protected as a unique natural landmark and made accessible to students and anyone curious to learn more about the natural world around them.” 

“This is not only a geological treasure, but a point of pride for the community,”

Rocky Point Historical Society

The boulder is on property that belonged to Noah Hallock, one of the first English settlers on Long Island. Today, Noah’s house is owned and preserved by the Rocky Point Historical Society and is the oldest house still standing in Rocky Point. The property had been subdivided earlier with Indian Rock being separated from the homestead property.

“As an historical society, we realize the importance of the preservation of Indian Rock for its historical significance in this area and the connection to the Noah Hallock Homestead. This is not only a geological treasure, but a point of pride for the community,” said the Rocky Point Historical Society.

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Indian Rock

3 Sams Path, Rocky Point, NY 11778

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