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Tradition Started Back in 1833: Area Menfolk Gather for Eel Chowder

Footnotes to Long Island History

Tradition Started Back in 1833:

Area Menfolk Gather for Eel Chowder

 

by

Thomas R. Bayles

 


 

Early Diners:

 

This group of men in a scene from yesteryear enjoyed the same eel chowder dinner as did today's members of the Hunters Garden Association when they met last Thursday at Brewster's Lot, located off a dirt road some two miles west of the Riverhead – Moriches Road.  Though clothing styles may have changed a bit, since 1890, when this picture was taken, the menu remains the same and the dinner is cooked in the same pots used 100 years ago.

 

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