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The Long Island History Project

It’s a long island with a long history. Want to hear it? Interviews with historians, scholars, authors and anyone with a story to tell and a passion for this unique region of New York.

Feb 12, 2019

Clarence H. Robbins was a master of hounds and horses, a gentleman jockey and trainer, and a member of Brooklyn's Gilded Age elite. Come explore this forgotten Long Island figure with Kate Robbins, wife of Clarence's great grandson. Kate has taken on the mantle of family historian, spending years tracking down everything to do with the Robbins name.

The hunt has taken her from the family's early days dealing in Brooklyn real estate to Clarence's horse stables in Great River, to the French ex-pat lifestyle of Clarence's son, noted author Tod Robbins. It gives a fascinating look into the Gilded Age sports lifestyle on Long Island, from fox hunting to dog shows to exclusive riding clubs.


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