Historic Image of: Shore Acres Yacht Club, Mamaroneck, N.Y.
  Club History  
 The Shore Acres Point Corporation
Mamaroneck, New York

A Brief History

In the beginning…

During the sixteenth century, over three hundred years ago, John Richbell purchased a large tract of land from the Siwanoy Indians for a quantity of cooking utensils, cloth, firelocks and shillings. These three “neckes of land” called Mamaroneck provided the best harbor area on the side of Long Island Sound. Legend has it that the name Mamaroneck evolved from Indian words meaning “Where the fresh water meets the salt water.” Others claim the name stems from the Indian chief that concluded the land sale to Richbell.

Whatever the background of the name might be, the Village has a proud history as an active port, an important railroad stop “within reasonable distance of New York” and, most important of all, as an area wherein families could build their homes on or near the water and enjoy the beauty of these fine surroundings.

Shore Acres Points of Interest

The Village was incorporated in 1895 and growth increased at a steady rate, but it was not until 1914 that the area we know as Shore Acres was developed.

Initial roads that cut into this area were Barry Avenue and Harmon Parkway with a small cut named Alda Road. Oakhurst and Shore Acres Drive were mainly on the drawing boards when the sub-division map was filed in 1914, and Soundview Drive was a side path off Barry Avenue.

At the end of Harmon Parkway, the Reed Corporation erected a building known to the area residents as the “Villa” -- a home with fine marble floors, spacious rooms and a view that took in all the Harbor and Long Island Sound. The beachfront featured bathhouses and all that went with the more relaxed living of that time.  The building then changed hands, becoming first the Oakhurst Club, and later the Shore Acres Yacht Club.

Eventually the building and grounds fell into disrepair and leaders of the community (most of them active in the Shore Acres Property Owners Association) undertook to improve the area by removing the old bathhouses, reviving the grassy lawns and bringing in countless yards of sand to rebuild the eroded beachfront. Among the members of this group were Larry Quinliven, Stanley Hare, Ivan Anderson, Kirk Savage, Milton Decker, Henry Hornidge and Stuart Halsey.

During World War II, the Yacht Club became bankrupt and the Shore Acres Point Corporation was formed in 1945 to purchase the property. By 1951 the old Villa had been razed and replaced with the present building. Again major renovations were undertaken on the seawall, the lawn areas and the beachfront. Summer 1952 saw increased use of the facility and the growing need for additional recreational areas. Plans were made for the construction of the parking area and both a kiddie pool and a large swimming pool.

Committees were formed to undertake the study of these projects, the raising of funds from members, the evaluation of contracts and all the details involved therein. 1957 saw the completion of the project due to the efforts of Mike Barclay, Vic Oristano, Bud Taylor, Jacques Megroz, Bud Banks, Steve Dietz, Bill Clark, Ed Benedict, Raleigh Baum, Harry Powell, Joe Salmon and others.

The Club Today….

The Club, as it has been informally know, remains a meeting place for all members of this community with a great emphasis on the sail and power boating enjoyment of the residents.

A Board of Directors and these long-standing positions maintain the spirit of the club through participation in many activities.

• The Boats and Floats Director maintains the Floats, assigns dock spaces for small boats, establishes and enforces the rules and regulations necessary for the safe and pleasant use of the waterfront.

• The House and Grounds Director see to the use and maintenance of the building, parking area and surrounding grounds.

• The Beach and Pool Director hires and supervises the personnel, overseas the maintenance and repairs of the two swimming pools, filtering equipment, beachfront, etc.

• The Events Director arranges parties throughout the year, particular during the summer months when cookouts and barbeques provide family participation in large numbers. Welcoming newcomers and seeing to it that they meet many of their new neighbors are important roles of the Events Director.

• The Membership Director records sales, issues stock certificates and maintains membership records.

Officer positions are President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.

The Shore Acres Point Corporation is maintained by pro rated assessments levied each year against each stockholder unit with the funds managed by the Board of Directors; Board members find their service an excellent way to become acquainted with their neighbors and their neighborhood.

Therefore, we urged all Shore Acres residents, those who have resided here for years as well as newcomers, to join in the activities of the Shore Acres Point Corporation, making our area the most friendly part of “The Friendly Village”.

Shore Acres Circa 1950's?