Welcome to Small History

The purpose of this blog is to chronicle the adventures of a dad who, tasked with the challenge of entertaining his infant son, has taken to the road. Sometimes the best way to calm a distressed infant, as any parent will tell you, is to buckle them into a car and just drive. These are the experiences of a father and son who take long drives across the island to explore historical minutia.

This is not a blog dedicated to the stars of Long Island history. We will not be discussing the Big Duck, the Gold Coast mansions, or the Montauk Lighthouse. This is the story of our island’s small survivors; the little pieces of this island’s past that no federal grant or historic preservation society would even dream of protecting. We are here to celebrate these unsung remnants from our heritage. We are here to see what rusted iron fences, concrete slabs and humble trees can teach us about our collective history.

So we welcome you to our page, and invite you to explore the miniature treasures that Long Island’s small history has to offer you. Because ultimately, the best way to learn about greatness is by studying trivia. Come back often, and enjoy!

Small Rob and Big Rob




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4 Responses to Welcome to Small History

  1. Love to see the next generation’s interest in history – it’s fastly becoming a lost interest ! Hope to read more ! Enjoy your travels with your son and hope you can pass on the love of history to the next generation !!!

    • Rob Fleming says:

      Thank you Janice! It is a lot of fun. Something I’ve wanted to do for a while. I’m hoping to put a new article up soon!

    • Rob Fleming says:

      Hey Janice, my mom told me you have ancestry from the Hewlett area of Long Island. Is this true? If so, I wonder, are you related to General Hewlett?

      • Janice Hewlett Seus-Shepard says:

        Yes, I’m almost positive I am related, just not sure how…lol. I have a relative that did a very comprehensive family tree of the Hewletts (esp on Long Island)…I’m sure he has the information if you ever need it. What is the first name of the General Hewlett you are referring to – Richard, George? Have fun in your travels !

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