Fire Island Fire Island NY Travel Guide
ire Islands roots date back to 1653, when Isaac Stratford constructed a whaling station on the Island, naming it Whalehouse Point. Similar to Nantucket, Fire Island was originally founded as an important whaling center during the 18th and 19th centuries. Before Isaac Stratford, the island was said to be inhabited by Native Americans who hunted seal and whale. They made wampum from the shells on Fire Island, which made beads for necklaces as a fashion statement of the Native Americans. Dutch settlers soon after inhabited the island and made use of the islands whaling and hunting industry.