Archive for Author: Gail Gallagher

The Baker House – 1650 – East Hampton

10.25.2015, Comments Off on The Baker House – 1650 – East Hampton, Living in the Hamptons, by .

The Baker House was originally constructed in 1648 by sea captain, Daniel Howe. Not too long afterwards, Howe sold the building to Thomas Baker, one of East Hampton’s founders. Baker turned the building into a Tavern. It also served as town meeting hal… Learn more

Cedar Island Lighthouse

10.17.2015, Comments Off on Cedar Island Lighthouse, Living in the Hamptons, by .

Since seeing Hubbard Latham Fordham’s still life of shell fish with view of Sag Harbor painted at Cedar Island Lighthouse, I’ve been wanting to visit said lighthouse. The lighthouse is not easily seen unless you are aboard ship cruising into Sag Harbor port from Gardiner’s Bay.
Cedar Island Lighthouse was built in 1839 to guide whaling and merchant ships into the busy international port of Sag Harbor. The original wooden lighthouse was replaced by the current granite structure in 1868. The great hurricane of 1938 brought in the walkable strip of sand that now connects Cedar Point Park to the lighthouse. 
I got out my trusty local maps and set a course for Cedar Point County Park. We took the Sag Harbor Turnpike (route 114) to Swamp Road. Swamp road weaves its way through a thin, low lying, shrub oak forest. Vehicular traffic was light and it appears to be a popular peloton pathway. It was so deserted that Hugh commented, “I hope we don’t get a flat in here.” After Swamp Road we followed the Cedar Point signs along Old Northwest Road to the park.
The park is a nature lovers paradise. A beautiful spot for bird watching, hiking, camping and water sports.
The lighthouse is in solitary splendor at the end of Cedar Point.
The beach is littered with still life subjects.
I was thinking of Fordham with his still life subject set up on a table near the window. Based on how brightly the sun shone upon the Sag Harbor facing windows the afternoon of our visit, I think he must have painted with the morning sun. Fordham did two stints as lighthouse keeper. The first was 1849-1853 immediately following Moses Bears, the father of Fordham’s painting colleague, Orlando Hand Bears. This would have been in the old wooden lighthouse. The second stint was 1862-1869. The current granite lighthouse was built during 1868. Fordham would have been keeper during its construction period. 
Portrait of Shellfish:
A View from Cedar Island Lighthouse Looking Toward Sag Harbor 1866
Hubbard Latham Fordham (1794-1872)
oil on canvas
loan from Joy Lewis to the Parrish Art Museum
The drawing below by William Tooker dated in 1869 depicts the new lighthouse on the left surrounded by scaffolding with the old wooden lighthouse on the right.
Cedar Lighthouse, 1869 drawing by William Wallace Tooker
collection of Nancy Carlson
Long Island Historical Journal, Vol. 19, Nos. 1-2, pp. 143
Fordham was struck by lightning one summer morning while out sailing during his first stint as keeper. In 1851 he would have been 57.
A campaign to restore the lighthouse is currently under way.
Cedar Island Lighthouse by Terry Elkins
this print available here
Head Keepers: 
Frederick King (1839 – 1841), Sineus Conkling (1841 – 1845), Moses Bears (1845 – 1849), Hubbard L. Fordham (1849 – 1853), Benjamin Crowell (1853), Lyman G. Sherman (1853 – 1861), Nathaniel Edwards (1861 – 1862), Mary Edwards (1862), Hubbard L. Fordham (1862 – 1869), Walter W. Seaman (1869 – 1880), George S. Tooker (1880 – 1889), William P. Gibbs (1889 – 1893), Robert Ebbitts (1893 – 1896), Robert A. Bishop (1896 – 1897), Charles I. Mulford (1897 – 1906), Adolf Nordstrom (1906 – 1912), John F. Anderson (1912 – 1917), William Henry Follett (1917 – 1934).
Noted filmmaker, Richard Altomonte, has produced a historical prospective of the lighthouse.
The lantern has recently been restored and is standing in front of the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum.
I could have easily spent the day in Cedar Point Park.
Cedar Point County Park information here
Camping information here
Cedar Island Lighthouse information here
More about the lighthouse at Lighthouse Friends here
My map doesn’t count the sand from the 1938 hurricane as ‘land’.
You never know when weather will intervene again.
I hope that we are able to restore this building to its former glory.
Imagine, it may become a bed and breakfast.

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Stormy Seas

10.04.2015, Comments Off on Stormy Seas, Living in the Hamptons, by .

Hurricane Joaquin has blown out to sea, but has been supplanted by a pounding Nor’easter. Heavy mist-filled wind and cool temperatures keep me indoors. Perfect weather for curling up with a good book. I recently read The Sea Captain’s Wife by Beth… Learn more

The Three Bears

09.26.2015, Comments Off on The Three Bears, Living in the Hamptons, by .

One of the most exciting things about my recent visit to Joy Lewis’s historic Sag Harbor home was seeing a trio of paintings by local artist Orlando Hand Bears. Bears (pronounced and sometimes spelled BEERS) was a resident of Sag Harbor who died on Feb… Learn more

A Heart for History

09.16.2015, Comments Off on A Heart for History, Living in the Hamptons, by .

 Joy Lewis and her husband loved old things before folk art was thought precious. Haunting estate sales and antique shops, they found beautiful heirlooms imbued with the spirits of their former owners. They saved beloved objects from destruction a… Learn more

Long Beach Clouds

09.13.2015, Comments Off on Long Beach Clouds, Living in the Hamptons, by .

Amazing clouds before the rain. Learn more

Hugh’s Book

09.07.2015, Comments Off on Hugh’s Book, Living in the Hamptons, by .

As a birthday surprise, I made a preliminary raison d’être for Hugh.  He is often showing photos of paintings to friends on his cell phone. I thought that he should have something more substantial. Monique at the beautiful blog La Table de Nana mentioned using Artisan State to make a book for her grandson. Artisan State (neither one of us has been paid to reccommend them) looked like it would be easy to use. I went to the studio when Hugh was out, took photos of his paintings with my iPhone, dropped them into the Artisan State template (I used Little Black Book 5″ x 7″) and ordered. The finished product arrived soon thereafter and I love how it turned out.

See below for the embed version of the book (you will need adobe flash) or via link. Many of the paintings that I photographed are not considered DONE by him yet, I think they are all beautiful examples of the wonderful work he has been doing. I am so proud of him. 

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Beach Plum Harvest

09.06.2015, Comments Off on Beach Plum Harvest, Living in the Hamptons, by .

I returned to Long Beach to harvest beach plums.I had marked their place in spring.Spring beach plum blooms.There was plenty of low hanging fruit.I picked a gallon zip lock bag full,Shakespeare Bowl by Roxann SorensonHarp on it still shall I till heart… Learn more

Ephraim Niles Byram – Astronomer of Sag Harbor

09.04.2015, Comments Off on Ephraim Niles Byram – Astronomer of Sag Harbor, Living in the Hamptons, by .

I’ve been intrigued by Ephraim Niles Byram since discovering a character based on him in a ghost story.  The Astronomer’s House by Val Schaffner reimagines the life of a mysterious astronomer in a tower house near a cemetery. I am gratef… Learn more

Plein Air Shelter Island

09.02.2015, Comments Off on Plein Air Shelter Island, Living in the Hamptons, by .

We packed up the paints and took the ferry over to Shelter Island.Ferries cross back and forth from North Haven to Shelter Island.We went to paint near the old ferry landing.A small ferry is docked there.Small fish schooling near the pier.A seaplane, p… Learn more