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Dering Harbor

Dering Harbor
Beginnings: The state's tiniest incorporated village -- 28 households, 200 acres -- lies on the north side of Shelter Island. It rose phoenix-like in 1916 where the legendary Manhanset House hotel had stood from 1874 to 1910. The resort, one of two on Shelter Island that emerged in the 1870s and changed it from a backwater to a booming resort, was destroyed by fire May 14, 1910. Wealthy ``cottagers'' who lived around the hotel became alarmed that key services it provided, including fresh water, fuel, street maintenance and sewage disposal, would be lost. They bought the hotel site for about $85,000 and formed the village in 1916.
Newsday Photo: A view of Dering Harbor, an area of Shelte...
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Beginnings: The state's tiniest incorporated village -- 28 households, 200 acres -- lies on the north side of Shelter Island. It rose phoenix-like in 1916 where the legendary Manhanset House hotel had stood from 1874 to 1910. The resort, one of two on Shelter Island that emerged in the 1870s and changed it from a backwater to a booming resort, was destroyed by fire May 14, 1910. Wealthy ``cottagers'' who lived around the hotel became alarmed that key services it provided, including fresh water, fuel, street maintenance and sewage disposal, would be lost. They bought the hotel site for about $85,000 and formed the village in 1916.
Newsday Photo: A view of Dering Harbor, an area of Shelter Island
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