In 1885, the Long Island Railroad came to Montauk, and life began to change when tourists came from New York City to the place known for its fishing and beautiful scenery.
In 1898, former President Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders recovered in one of the houses in Montauk, but as the era closed and the 20th century began, ranchers began to give up their livelihood in favor of sport fishing and fishing. farming.
Polo horses came to Montauk in 1926 with a New York City-based real estate developer who dreamed of developing a luxury resort town. He bought most of the area, but then rented part of it to teenage Phineas Dickinson in 1936.
At the beginning of WWII, when the Dickinson boys went into service, most of the farming in Deep Hollow came to a halt. Upon his return in 1947, Phineas brought white-faced cattle from Texas and raised them for slaughter in the 1960s.
In the early 1970s, the Leavers when Rusty Leaver, a former Phineas summer ranch laborer, decided to move from New York City to Montauk. When he found out that the ranch was for sale, he bought it. Within a few years, he married Dickinson’s daughter, Diane.
But if you want to visit Deep Hollow Ranch, you better do it soon. The family reluctantly put the ranch on the real estate market in the summer of 2006, as the Hamptons area’s location has made it much more difficult for the family to continue raising cattle and horses. The ranch could soon, like the cowboys of yesteryear, ride into the sunset.