Long Island Traditions is proud to announce the release of East End Back Story on TravelStorys. This is the second tour on TravelStorys; a series of self-guided cell phone tours focusing on Long Island’s historical and contemporary sites of cultural significance.
On the East End Back Story tour, you will hear from baymen, decoy carvers, and boatyard owners. The route will take you around the east end of Long Island, including stops by scenic waterfront vistas on the south shore and on the north fork.
This driving tour is part of the New York Back Story Tours developed by folklorists and cultural ethnographers working across the state. The tour series was created in order to bring you first-hand accounts of local lore that are not often heard. Stops on the tour reflect different aspects of local heritage throughout the state where local residents share narratives about the community.
Examples of East End Back Story tour stops include the Hanff Boatyard and Wooden Boat Works in Greenport where we hear Hanff Boatyard owner John Costello recall how his family settled in Greenport when the railroad was brought to the area. Stop by the Hallockville Museum Farm and Combs Decoy Shop on the North Fork in Riverhead and listen to Jack Combs tell stories of his father and grandfather teaching him the ways of the sea. Visit the Shinnecock fishing dock in Hampton Bays where we hear Ken Mades tell of his youthful days on the bay and how growing up on the bay was a utopia for the local kids. Then venture over to the nearby Shinnecock commercial fishing dock where Bill Reed brings us back to his early days when he was learning how to repair cod fishing nets properly. Venture out to Napeague State Park in Amagansett where David Clarke explains how menhaden or bunker fishing revolutionized the poultry industry. We hope you enjoy these sites and stories shared by resident community members.