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Friday, October 17, 2014

Haunted Mansion of the Gilded Age #17 Morgans' Island & Matinecock Point

Matinecock Point, the mansion of J.P. Morgan, Jr. at Glen Cove
Morgan's Island is located on the North Shore of Long Island's Gold Coast off of Glen Cove. The island was purchased by J. P. Morgan, Jr. in 1909 and then proceeded to build a grand Georgian mansion, stables, cottages and outbuildings. The house stood at the end of a long driveway and commanded a view of the Long Island Sound and was named Matinecock Point. J.P. Morgan, Jr. was the son of the famous Gilded Age banker, J.P. Morgan. J.P., Jr. married Jane Norton Grew and they had 5 children. Unfortunately one child named Alice died when she was very young of Typhoid Fever. The family used the island and it's mansion as their primary home and it stayed in the family until about 1943 when J.P. died. The estate went though various owners until it became a religious institution for the Sisters of St. John the Baptist. When the sisters lived there, windows and doors opened by themselves and footsteps were heard where no one was. Some some claimed to have seen the ghostly figure of a young girl appear and disappear. Many of them believed it was Alice, the daughter of J.P. In 1980 the mansion was sold off bit by bit and demolished by dynamite. The island is now covered with many single family homes and the site of the mansion makes up the backyards of three suburban modest homes.

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