Garvies Point Museum
The Hempstead Harbor Shoreline
Information on The Hempstead Harbor Shoreline


The beach at Garvies Point Preserve offers the visitor a place to observe a number of unique geological features that are not found together in such a limited area elsewhere on Long Island. Walk along the beach and you may discover plant fossils, lignite and pyrite nodules washed out from Cretaceous clay, shale, and sandstone that were deposited here at the end of the Age of Dinosaurs 70 million years ago. The sharp-eyed observer will encounter "Indian Paint Pots", the concretions for which Garvies Point is famous.

The natural, unaltered North Shore boulder beach follows the base of bluffs that are made up of Ice Age deposits. Excellent examples of a variety of erosion, deposition and weathering features are available to see, as are the fresh water springs that surface along the bluffs. This is an ideal photographic location. These geologic features are discussed in detail in exhibits on Long Island, New York State and Regional Geology featured at the Museum.

Garvies Beach in June vs. February.

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