STAY A WHILE
Welcome to Bootleggers Lair - a 200 year old private Long Island farm estate. The 23-acre oasis is tucked discretely into the shoreline bluffs of the Nissequogue River. The story of the Lair is one of nature and civilization gradually coming together to form a unique bond of people helping people, and welcoming others to have a great time experiencing its legend along the way.
Historic grounds bordering hundreds of acres of protected land and private preserve.
Guest Attractions Within:
On Site: Nissequogue River Basin
2 Miles: Historic Smithtown Village, Golf
3 Miles: Long Island Sound, State Park, Long Island Railroad
5 Miles: Wineries, Breweries, Museums
6 Miles: Historic Stonybrook Village
9 Miles: Historic Nothport Village
10 Miles: Macarthur Airport
11 Miles: Historic Port Jefferson - Ferry
14 Miles: Historic Huntington Village
15 Miles: Ocean Beaches, Fire Island, Casino
35 Miles: Hamptons
44 Miles: JFK and LGA Airports
49 Miles: New York City
90 Miles: 100+ Golf Courses, Mountains
Built in 1828, the Manor House is a step back into time with the convenience of modern living and entertaining comfort. Perched high above the Nissequogue River, the residence's commanding presence reflects the grace and confidence of its storied past along Bootleggers Trail during the expanding settlement of Long Island.
Upon check-in, you will be assigned a Bootleggers Trail Token. Consider it a passport to good things.
IMMERSIVES - ACTIVITIES AND TRANQUIL SURROUNDINGS
Farm & Agriculture
Food & Hospitality
Nature & Wildlife
River, Sound & Ocean
Equestrian & Sporting
Health & Wellness
Music and the Arts
"The Game of Stumps"
Reciprocal Golf Clubs: Available
For Your Pleasure. The Bootleggers Token.
Guests are assigned the "Bootleggers Token". Tokens provide access to special relationships & local hospitality. It's a passport to good things.
Available: Local chef will purchase the ingredients, cook your meal, serve your group and clean the kitchen affterwards!
Available: Local grocery shopper will buy your groceries and deliver them. Email your grocery list and the shopper will take of the rest
Available: A curated selection of unique programs, services, activities and delights tailored for guests in a natural healthy environment
HEALTHY BEAUTIFUL FOOD
Available: Foodgasms - Organic farm produce, culinary delights, soothing beverages, tasty snacks, hearty morsels, farm to table
Island wide referrals, intimate gatherings, bourbon, wine & craft, golf, boating, restaurants, reciprocal venues, Fire Island and more. Just show your Token.
Extending from the mouth of the Nissequoge River to the inlet of Fire Island
The story of commerce and trade on Long Island includes a cast of historic and colorful characters who, for centuries, traversed the island from Manhattan to Montauk and from Fire Island to the Long Island Sound.
From the 1600s, when 13 Native American tribes occupied the territory, to the privateers of the American Revolution, when the region was a hotbed of legitimate and illicit activity, Long Island was itself a prized possession, changing hands multiple times as a nation took shape on her shores.
During the Revolution, the presence of British troops on Long Island was customary after the Continental Army escaped to the west in 1776. Spies for both sides, including members of General Washington’s famous Culper Spy Ring, criss-crossed the island. Trust was at an all-time low among colonists and their British overseers, and traitors on both sides were hanged or shot if their deeds were exposed.
Commerce on Long Island during this period was often dominated by privateers – some sanctioned by the Continental Congress, others loyal to the British Crown. These merchants traded goods that had been pirated at sea. During that time, and continuing after the war, sloops and scows popularized an eight-mile route inland from the Sound along the Nissequogue River. These vessels would often stop to wait out low tides at an unusually deep inlet in Smithtown know as Ships’ Hole, before continuing their journeys.
Meanwhile, other ships sailed up the East Coast, arriving on Long Island through the barrier islands to the south. As America grew during the 1800s, the importance of the Eastern Seaboard to trade and commerce was undeniable. Fast forward more than a century to the era of Prohibition. A nationwide campaign against the consumption of alcoholic beverages led to the passage of the 18th Amendment in 1929, which made the manufacture, sale and transportation of liquor illegal in the United States. However, neither the possession or consumption of liquor was included in the law, so widespread demand remained – and enterprising business operatives stepped in to fill the void, including gangsters and bootleggers, otherwise known as “rumrunners.”
It’s no secret that Long Island was a bootlegger’s paradise, especially the rugged, undulating terrain of the North Shore, which provided numerous spots for cover. But the South Shore and its barrier islands, including Fire Island, were integral to rumrunning activity, too. The region became a hotbed of hooch, and the opulent wealth of many of its residents did nothing to discourage the clandestine activities of the opportunistic, albeit illegal, entrepreneurs. No matter what the era, the “Bootleggers Trail” – which folklore suggests led north from Fire Island through towns like Islip and Patchogue, and past such landmarks as the Nissequogue River and Ships’ Hole – has played an integral role in the steady hum of commercial activity that churns through Long Island.
Nissequogue River, Smithtown NY