The community was located on a crescent shaped eastern rim of Zach's Bay nestled among the dunes toward the surf. Apparently, it was a quiet community uninterrupted by any sound at all. There was a long narrow boardwalk linking the bay to the cottages on the ocean side.
Before construction of the Wantagh Causeway leading down to Jones Beach, vacationers arrived at High Hill Beach either by ferry or private boat. The ferry would leave from Bellmore and would take 40 minutes to arrive at High Hill. In 1928, a one way trip to the beach cost 40 cents and a round trip cost 70 cents.
|Area where High Hill Beach was located|
|A picture of Savage's Hotel and Casino at High Hill Beach|
The picture above shows Savage's Hotel and Casino, which was originally the Sportsmens Hotel built by R.T Wilmarth in 1900. He sold the hotel in 1917 to M.F. Savage.
|High Hill Beach community taken from Savage's Hotel. Notice the boardwalk.|
Jones Beach State Park was opened in 1929 and the community of High Hill Beach was given 11 years to relocate. By 1940, 38 of the cottages were moved to West Gilgo Beach and the rest destroyed along with Savage's Hotel. The area is now used to service Jones Beach as a maintenance station.
|Gated hamlet of West Gilgo Beach|
A small piece of history about High Hill Beach
Article about the history of High Hill Beach where I took most of my information from. Very interesting article with pictures and remembrances of summer community residents.
This is an interesting article and contains the image black and white image that I used with the boardwalk. It explains some history of High Hill during the time of construction of Jones Beach State Park.
More pictures and postcards from High Hill Beach from the Levonius family. It shows the life saving station, the boardwalk and some of the cottages in the community.
Wikipedia article on West Gilgo Beach.
Wikimapia of approximate location of where the community of High Hill Beach once existed
Wikipedia article on Jones Beach State Park
|Theatre at Jones Beach on Zach's Bay across from what was once High Hill Beach.|