Just what do we consider a ruin or a remnant you ask? Well, they are the vestiges that link us to our Long Island heritage. These remains can be a completely deserted ruin, a structure which has found a new life or anything in between. We enjoy looking for these treasures and hope you will enjoy reading and learning about them here.

We have broken this section into categories as follows:



Long Island has always played a role in our nation's military history. Here is where we cover everything from pre-WWI ruins through Cold War advances such as anti-aircraft missile systems.

We also had a large number of military contractors, like Grumman. From fighter jets to the moon module, Long Island has always played an important role in military technology. It's no wonder that many remnants of these historic eras remain.




Here is where we explore the remains of long gone industries from agriculture to large factories. Long Island has played an important role in agriculture and industry. Long Island duck and Blue Point oysters were famous the world over.

Here you will see the ruins of manufacturing and farming from one end of this island to the other.




Long Island has laid claim to some of the largest estates in the country. Some of them still exist as museums; others as ruins.

Here we explore Long Island's former estates. From the Gatsby era's Gold Coast to the Hamptons, come see LI's opulent side and hear the tales their walls once held secret.




As infrastructure shifted over the centuries, some of Long Island's transportation arteries have become ruins. We used to have several trolley systems, the LIRR was once had more right of ways than it does now, even some airfields are long gone, but remains can still be found.

Here you can take a look at these transportation ruins of yesteryear.




As our needs changed, so have some of the institutions our ancestors once relied on. No longer are most students taught in single room schoolhouses, mental institutions no longer warehouse the disturbed, yet there are still many remains from this bygone era. There are many former public facilities of all different uses around Long Island.

Come explore the ruins of places that once were government- run, whose uses were often discontinued long ago.




See the leftovers of Long Island's dwellings (non estate) and businesses. From old country stores to abandoned farmhouses, you will find them here. You can learn a lot from looking at old dwellings and places of commerce, whether they are museums or have been abandoned.

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