Long Island's Hidden Past: Lake Ronkonkoma
A special lake, in the heart of Long Island, is featured in this month's Long Island's Hidden Past segment.
Three different tribes lived around Lake Ronkonkoma. To them, the lake was sacred, and used to do their hunting and fishing.
Formed by ancient glaciers, is Long Island's largest fresh water lake.
It's a place of natural beauty, shrouded in mystery and Indian folklore. Because of its depth of 65 feet, it has been long rumored to be bottomless. The lake is also infamous for the drowning of young males linked to the tale of a distraught Indian princess.
The lake's impressive history includes famous celebrities, favorite past times, and days when the sleepy farming hamlet was transformed into a summer resort complete with lakeside hotels and fabulous beach pavilions.
The lake was also a hotspot during the winter, with ice skating, ice fishing and ice boating.