Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Castle On The Hill

Carl Fisher had a dream in the summer of 1925. He wanted to create the “most fabulous summer resort ever imagined in the western world"...a magnificent English Tudor-style “castle on the hill." Fisher had the means to do so. He was a multimillionaire responsible for the development of Miami Beach, Florida.He would build Montauk Manor, a 200-room luxury resort hotel. In 1927 the Manor was officially opened. The rich and famous of the day flooded the manor, boasting grand ballrooms and 10,000 acres. Visitors played croquet on the rolling front lawn and drank tea on the veranda. They also ate in the finest of restaurants, which served international cuisine.
A rich history of Indians, wars, plagues and graves lay under their feet. The Montauketts were not the only ones who died there. During the late 1890’s many soldiers came down with yellow fever and it spread among the troops quickly. President Roosevelt decided to lead them up to the sacred site on the hill. The hill was very steep and many of the soldiers struggled in their weakened conditions to climb to the top.Rumor has it that over 300 men died en route. Some died in a hospital set up near the present Manor. Soldiers were temporarily buried above Indian remains, both at Fort Hill and nearby at Lake Montauk. Eventually, most of the soldier's bodies were exhumed and sent home. Neither of the cemeteries were marked.
Over the years, people visiting the Manor have claimed to see an Indian chief in full headdress wandering the floors. Banging sounds have been heard coming from a fourth floor room when no one was there, and another story, apparently more recent, mentioned a cleaning lady. A woman was cleaning the men’s sauna downstairs when she heard the door slam. The noise was followed by a baby’s cry. You can read the rest of the story here!

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