Long Island, NY Shelter Island Manhanset Hotel Fire, May 1910


Fire Started by Lightning Bolt---Was to Have Been Opened Soon.

Special to The New York Times.

SHELTER ISLAND, L. I., May 11.---Lightning struck the Manhanset Hotel at 1:20 o'clock this morning, and the main building was burned to the ground, with a loss of about $375,000. But for a heavy shower which followed the lightning, the entire colony of cottages surely would have been destroyed, as sparks were dropped upon the roofs of scores of buildings.

When the lightning struck, watchmen called the Fire Department, and a telephone message was sent to Greenport, asking for help. Power boats from Greenport brought hastily dressed men, who assisted the local firemen to keep the flames from spreading. The wind, which had been blowing from the south, veered suddenly to the northeast, while the fire was burning, and threatened a building adjoining the hotel, which was used as a kitchen. Had this burned, not even the shower could have saved the cottages.

The Manhanset Hotel was rebuilt in 1897, after being burned in August, 1896. It was owned by the Manhanset Improvement Company, of which Thomas M. Wood of Manhattan is the principal stockholder. The lessee, George F. Adams, had planned to open the house in a few weeks. It was one of the most fashionable hotels on Long Island.

The New York Times, New York, NY 12 May 1910



Talk of Building a Hotel to Replace the Manhanset, Destroyed by Fire.

Special to The New York Times.

SHELTER ISLAND, L. I., Aug. 13.---According to a persistent rumor, which will not down, George F. Adams of the Hotel Chamberlain, Old Point Comfort, intends to construct a fireproof hotel to replace the Hotel Manhanset which burned down shortly before the opening of the present season. It is said that Mr. Adams, who managed the Manhanset last year, had purchased the property of the Manhanset Improvement Company, on which the old hotel stood.

Society is looking forward with keen interest to the gymkhana races which are scheduled for Aug. 22. This will be a big event. In past years it has furnished some rare amusement for the Summer colony, and, according to the plans being made by the committee in charge, this year is to be no exception to the rule.

The New York Times, New York, NY 14 Aug 1910