Long Island Sunset Adventure
Visit what was once the home of a Civil War, WWI, WWII and 1950 Nike Missile Base! Long Island is normally off-limits to the public, this is truly a treat!
Long Island has one of the most varied histories of the Harbor Islands and Long Island is the largest and longest Boston Harbor Island. The Long Island Bridge connects Long to Moon Island; a two-lane causeway connects Moon Island to Squantum, City of Quincy.
Prehistoric habitation sites may exist on Long Island, according to archaeologists. In 1634, tenant farming on Long Island began with 40 families. Long Island Light was built in 1819. In 1863, Fort Wightman, later renamed Fort Strong, was built, near which are buried the remains of 79 Civil War soldiers. During World War I, 500 soldiers were stationed at Fort Strong. The Fort, long abandoned, stands in disrepair. In the 1950s, a Nike missile base was established. After the missiles were removed, the base stored books from the Boston Public Library.
For much of the 19th century, Long Island was a resort. By 1882, the City of Boston acquired the largest hotel and in 1891 converted it into a poor house for 650 people. In 1921, the City converted the almshouse into a home and hospital for unwed mothers; in 1928, it built an addition to house homeless men; and in 1941, it enlarged this facility to provide treatment for alcoholics. The 60-acre Long Island Chronic Care Hospital later closed.
Today, on this campus, the City of Boston Public Health Commission houses the Long Island Shelter and a number of human-service agencies helping an average daily population of 1000. The Shelter operates a garden.
The first lighthouse on Long Island was constructed around 1794 on Long Island Head. The second lighthouse, built as a replacement in 1819, still stands today, although it has been moved twice to make room for military structures. (text from the City of Boston)
Departs Rowes Wharf Water Transport, 60 Rowes Wharf Boston, MA 02110.
No refunds, trip canceled only by the captain, will run rain or shine. Bring your own refreshments and drinks, as well as shoes that may get wet. A moderate activity level and stability is necessary for this trip as the boat will have a beach landing, and the island has rocky/uneven paths and walking areas. To learn more about Long Island Visit: http://fbhi.org/long-island.html
Long Island via Rowes Wharf Water Transport (View)
60 Rowes Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|