Thursday, 09 January 2014 15:41

The North Shore Country Club


Once the estate of Townsend Scudder (1865 - 1960), the North Shore Country Club has operated as a

golf course since the early 1900s. Scudder - who served as both a U.S. Congressman and New York

State Supreme Court Justice - helped establish the Glenwood Hook & Ladder, Engine & Hose Company

in 1907. As a member of the New York State Parks Commission, Scudder supported Robert Moses'

plan to establish Jones Beach State Park and the parkway system. In 1960, Parks Commissioner Moses

dedicated a plaque to Scudder at Jones Beach. Today, as in Scudder's day, the property spans the

Village of Sea Cliff and the unincorporated hamlets of Glen Head and Glenwood Landing. It is bordered

on the west by Shore Road and on the east by North Shore Middle School.



Wednesday, 06 November 2013 12:49

How the Nassau Light and Power Company Came to Glenwood Landing




From an article in Electrical World magazine, April 7, 1906:


[A] number of wealthy men having country seats near Roslyn, wishing electricity for their residences

and finding no station to supply it, determined to build a station to supply their collective wants rather

than to install individual isolated plants. In order also to remove the station as far as possible from their

dwellings it was determined to build the station on Hempstead Bay. Property on the bay front, however,

took a jump of over 500 per cent in value when the owners found who the prospective purchasers were

to be, and a station was built on the line of the Long Island Railroad on the outskirts of Roslyn. Coal

could then be easily obtained and wells were driven to supply the water necessary for the operation of the

plant. A new station was erected on Hempstead Bay in the village known as Glenwood, and sub-stations

maintained at Roslyn, Oyster Bay, Port Washington, Hicksville, Hempstead and Great Neck. These sub-
stations supply electric energy to Baldwin, Floral Park, Glen Cove, Glenwood, Great Neck, Hempstead,

Hicksville, Hyde Park, Mineola, Port Washington, Roslyn, Sea Cliff and Westbury. The territory covered

comprises a large section of the central portion of Long Island, and being of a suburban character

involves distribution in a large number of sparsely settled villages.

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 13:28


Two Views of Glen Head & Glenwood Post Offices



During the pre- and post- World War II years, the Glen Head Post Office was located at 6 Railroad Avenue on the southeast corner of Railroad Avenue and Glen Head Road, current home of the Iron Horse restaurant and bar. During that same period, the Glenwood Post Office was at 134 Glenwood Road, current home of Glenwood Antiques, diagonally across from the present post office.





Tuesday, 30 April 2013 13:28


Glenwood’s Cottage Colonies


In 1916, a woman named "Mrs. Palmer" mailed the postcard shown above from Glen Head to a "Gladys Hedeman" of Brooklyn.

The message on the reverse read: "Came back here for five days over Columbus Day. Will be home Monday....”

The postcard pictures bungalows on Hillside Avenue in Glenwood Landing. Along with the two other cards pictured, it documents Glenwood’s reputation as a popular recreation destination during the first half of the 20th century.


Before the post World War II suburban boom, Glenwood and other areas surrounding Hempstead Harbor drew seasonal visitors from Brooklyn, Manhattan, and beyond. Depending on the decade, visitors arrived by train or automobile, or via steamboats that once landed at a dock located at the foot of Glenwood Road. Visitors could stay at one of three hotels known to have been located on the Glenwood Waterfront or in cottages nestled in the hills between Grove Street and Glenwood Road.

The Larsen name, albeit spelled with a double “s,” is associated with one such colony in the vicinity of Larsen Avenue.




All three post cards were recently added to Gold Coast’s local history collection, where they will protected for posterity in the community that they depict.



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