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Indian RockAn impressive, three-story high glacial erratic sitting quietly among a group of houses on Sam's Path in Rocky Point, this unique natural landmark holds layers of local lore as well as geological and ecological history. 

Located amongst residential homes on Sam’s Path, the property was put up for sale. The Peconic Land Trust, the Rocky Point Historical Society, the Rocky Point Civic Association, Seatuck Environmental Association and others are teaming up to potect this local treasure. 

“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.”

Indian Rock 2017In August 2017, the Peconic Land Trust entered into a contract to purchase the property, which includes a neglected house. The Trust has been advised that the house is not structurally sound and is slated for demolition. If the Trust is successful in acquiring the property, it plans to restore the natural landscape surrounding Indian Rock.

With your help we can save Indian Rock for future generations. The Peconic Land Trust, the Rocky Point Historical Society, The Rocky Point Civic Association, Seatuck Environmental Association and others are teaming up to protect this local treasure. 

The Peconic Land Trust needs to raise $330,000 by December 31, 2017 to purchase of the property. This includes $220,000 for the acquisition and an additional $110,000 for the remediation and restoration of the land. Join the campaign with your gift today! 

If saved, the area around the site will be restored to an open meadow. The Trust will work in collaboration with the Rocky Point Historical Society to steward the restored greenspace.

Elementary and secondary school students can use this landmark to get a better understanding of the unique geology of Long Island and the history of their home. This type of education can then help them gain a better appreciation for and connection to the environment around them, making future land stewards of Long Island.

“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 Natalie Stiefel, President, Rocky Point Historical Society. 

How Indian Rock Got Its Name

Indian Rock is located on the property that belonged to Noah Hallock, one of the first English settlers on Long Island. It is believed that Rocky Point’s name was inspired by this gigantic natural wonder.

Today, Noah’s house is owned and preserved by the Rocky Point Historical Society. It is the oldest house still standing in Rocky Point. Over time, Indian Rock was separated from the house by one lot so it was not saved with the Hallock home.

It is also believed that Indian Rock was sacred to local Native Americans. Geological and Ecological Value

Indian Rock is estimated by geologists to be approximately 450 million years old, brought during the glacial Ice Age began a million years ago, when ice and snow travelled across the area. All of North America, north of the Ohio River, was covered with one slow moving sheet of ice.

The glacier moved across the region in three stages. The last of the three glaciers, called “The Wisconsin”, left the north shore hilly and rocky between 18,000 and 20,000 years ago. Long Island is the terminal moraine of this glacier, which deposited sand, rocks and huge boulders.

Indian Rock is the second largest glacial erratic deposited on Long Island still intact today, standing approximately 35 feet high, 50 feet long, and 40 feet thick.

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