The Monastery, also known as Ferguson’s Castle, located in Huntington Bay, was one of Long Island’s Gold Coast’s most impressive estates. Today all that remains is a wall too massive to tear down, a gatehouse, some ruins, some memories, and perhaps the ghost of the woman who built it.
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ManifestoIn the eighteenth century a new form of literature emerged, the dark twin of the Romantic movement, known as Gothic. It dealt with ghosts and the supernatural, often along with haunted houses and castles, madness, poisonings and bloody murder, curses and dark secrets never fully spoken. Along the way, the term became detached from literature, just as Gothic authors had taken it from Gothic architects, and it became an adjective which describes a dark mood of nearly any sort, a feeling of melancholy sometimes hinting, sometimes explicitly supernatural. Long Island certainly has a long history of darkness, of undefined creatures roaming its woodlands, of haunted houses, family curses, madness and gruesome murder. Here we explore these subjects and others not as scientists, but as artists and collectors of tales. One characteristic which is often associated with the Gothic, is of dealings with events that happened in the past. Details are sketchy and often never revealed during the lives of those involved, and over time the stories become legends and myth, and as such the stories become fluid - there are no right or wrong versions. What we hope to do is take you to the places associated with these events, tell you the tale and for you to say "yeah, I could see that happening here." And if your face turns ashen, your hands begin to shake and you find yourself sleeping with the light on, so much the better. read more
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