Squassux Landing

Table of Contents
Introduction
History
Land Loss

Introduction

At the mouth of Carman’s River, Squassux Landing is named after a Native American potter who worked along the west side of the river at the end of Beaver Dam road. Before being used as a place to sail to the barrier beach, Native Americans set out to hunt whales from Squassux. Later, the site was used as a landing place for whaling crews stationed on Fire Island.

History

At the mouth of Carman’s River, Squassux Landing is named after a Native American potter who worked along the west side of the river at the end of Beaver Dam road. Before being used as a place to sail to the barrier beach, Native Americans set out to hunt whales from Squassux. Later, the site was used as a landing place for whaling crews stationed on Fire Island. 1

The Indian potter may have been named Wessquassucks, who lived there when the first Anglo settlers arrived in the late 1600s. 2

  1. Thomas B. Williams, A Social and Environment History of Carmans River, pp 6[]
  2. A Brief History of Squassux Landing, Fire Place Brookhaven Village Association Spring 2013 Newsletter, pp. 1[]

Land Loss

Squassux Landing and all the land that includes today’s South Haven, Brookhaven, and Bellport were purchased from the Unkechaugs in 1664. 1

  1. A Brief History of Squassux Landing, Fire Place Brookhaven Village Association Spring 2013 Newsletter, pp. 1[]