Suzanne (Robertson) Asher, Harborfields first Cheerleader and Graduate in the first class of Harborfields School District, reminisces about the community in her latest blogs of memories. Here is one of the many on-going thoughts from her past. Suzanne with Husband Brian (Harborfields first quarterback) are TOP real estate agents in the Township of Huntington working for Signature Premier Properties…. Her web site which is still under construction…. www.HuntingtonThenandNow.com …. Here is where my story begins……..has so many fun and interesting little stories of the community…
MILL POND INN … Centerport, New York
Ah, the Mill Pond Inn (currently the Mill Pond House) on Route 25A in Centerport.
Growing up in Centerport was a highlight… Happy days, a new High School of Harborfields, new friends, fun things to do!
Back when my parents first moved to Centerport in 1955, they discovered the Mill Pond Inn. My Dad and Mother went to the Mill Pond Inn at least 2 times a week for dinner, and of course, “dragged” me along. When my Dad would return from a trip (was a Pilot for Pan Am) he couldn’t wait to get back home and have a nice steak dinner at the Mill Pond Inn. The owner, Jerry Griffin, and his wife Irene lived in an apartment upstairs. My parents soon became great friends with them, my Dad would always bring him “trinkets” from his overseas travels which he would proudly display in the restaurant. There I would eat dinner with my parents and get driven back home to ”study” while they would sit at the Piano Bar and sing the old tunes well into the night …. “Down by the Old Mill Stream”, “If you knew Susie”, stuff like that!
The Mill Pond Inn was our “home away from home”…… The nicotine was thick on the walls and the dark and cozy atmosphere was inviting to the people who wanted a place to hang out!!!
Back in the late 50’s the Mill Dam in Centerport would freeze, allowing a place for us to meet with our friends and drink hot chocolate and skate on the pond. Mill Pond Inn owner Jerry Griffin would shovel a little spot for us and light the skating area. They would build a little fire and provide Hot Chocolate. There we would meet our friends and skate and have a blast!!! Oh what fun it was……. We are so lucky that we grew up here!!! The memories are wonderful!!!
This is a photo taken from the back of the parking lot of the Mill Pond House in Centerport……… Looking over the beautiful Mill Dam and off in the distance you see Centerport Harbor, Sand City, and over the sound to Connecticut on a clear day!!!