Tepee on the Edge



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In July 2010 the Ketcham Inn Foundation, Inc. received a 120-year old teepee. It was constructed of wood in 1890 as a special amusement at the Bishop Robert Estate. The Foundation will restore and preserve it for generations to enjoy. The teepee is a rare surviving example of "Roadside Amusement Architecture" (now dubbed "Duck Architecture").

In 1892 a slip was dug at the headwaters of Senix Creek for the steam-driven paddle wheeler Senix. She was built in 1886 by Spicer Davis with the help of Paul Ward, chief of the Poospatuck Indians of Mastic Reservation. Chief Paul Ward also worked at the Long Island Hotel as well as the Bishop Robert Boarding House.

As a gesture of appreciation, the Bishop Robert family gave the teepee to Chief Paul Ward. It remained at the north end of Neville Park until the hurricane of September 1938. The high tides and tidal surge dragged the teepee up the creek. The teepee was towed back to the west bank of Senix Creek on the Bishop Robert property where it rested for 78 years. The teepee is an unusual structure because most Native Americans on the Eastern Seaboard lived in Wigwams (long or roundhouses); while Plains Indians lived a migratory lifestyle with hide-covered teepees.


~Ketcham Inn Foundation, Inc.