History

A Place In History


Created in 1906 by the dredging of Government Cut, and famously traded in the 1920s by Carl Fisher to William K. Vanderbilt II in exchange for his 250-foot-yacht “Eagle”, Fisher Island has become an American icon. 

Maintained as a private residence from its inception until 1971, and at one time owned by a group that included former U.S. President Richard Nixon, the island has been developed over the last three decades into an exclusive community with world-class accommodations and facilities.

The Vanderbilt Mansion


Designed by Maurice Fatio and built from coral stone in 1936, the historic Vanderbilt Mansion bears silent witness to an era of bygone grandeur. Once the winter retreat of railroad magnate William K. Vanderbilt II and his wife Rosamund, the beautifully-restored Mansion now forms the heart of the Fisher Island community, housing the Fisher Island Club.

Always a place of inimitable elegance and leisure, the Mansion was built to entertain the luminaries of its time. With its elaborate oak-panelled library, intimate salons for private dining, chandeliered ballroom and expansive outdoor terraces, the building offers members an incomparable setting for a full range of social occasions. The prestigious 5-star Fisher Island Hotel & Resort, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World and housed among the surrounding villas and historic cottages, is the perfect place to accommodate friends and visitors in the style befitting them.