Mysterious island of Plum
Plum Island, located east of Long Island, near New York, covers an area of 340 hectares and is accessible only by boat. The island has untouched sandy beaches and many wonderful places for birds to live. The waters around the island are home to seals and some endangered species of sea turtles. However, tourists are not recommended to visit it.
Approaching the shore welcomes a sign that says "US property - no one is allowed to enter." A complex of buildings can be seen in the northwestern part of the island, and for decades there have been various rumors about what the US government is doing there. The official version states that the PIADC was located there to protect the country's livestock population from epidemics. Despite this seemingly simple explanation, conspiracy theories are still being discussed. Starting from identification with the island of Dr. Moreau to the theory of the development of bacteriological weapons.
Skeptics point to strange incidents in the Plum Island area, which allegedly indicate government experiments.The proof is cited by the discovered corpse of a strange animal, dubbed the Montok monster, or outbreaks of Lyme disease, so named after the city located near the island.
The government research center has been working since 1954, and since that time very few outsiders have landed on the island. Recently, however, the secrecy regime has softened somewhat, and, for example, scout squads or environmental organizations have been allowed onto the island’s coast.
A trip to the island begins from the marina in Connecticut. The group is transported by ferry, thanks to which employees also get to the island. A public relations specialist who talks about the rules of the island and upcoming events welcomes visitors.
With the security on the island is very strict, but because all visitors are carefully checked. And during the entire visit they are accompanied by armed guards. It is allowed to photograph only in certain places, while the guards should not get into the frame, also it is impossible to shoot the island’s vehicles and ferry.You can take some fruit with you to the island to have a snack, but you cannot take home what you have not eaten. In addition, you can visit the administrative building and some of the oldest buildings, but research laboratories are closed to outsiders.
The ferry ride takes about 30 minutes, after which the group is picked up by a bus that delivers it to the main building of the PIADC. The guide can give a short lecture on the history and prospects of the island. By the way, the weakening of the secrecy of this place is due to the fact that the island was put up for sale. In 2009, Congress decided that the laboratories should be moved to the city of Manhattan (Kansas) in order to bring the research center closer to the livestock industry. The transfer of the object to Kansas may take up to ten years, but ultimately the island will become one of the largest and most attractive building sites on Long Island.
And the initiative to conduct excursions was apparently caused by the decision of the government to refute the existing theories of conspiracies. The most common rumors are refuted by the center. Thus, Lyme disease has existed for more than one millennium, and its carriers have recently been discovered in the body of a 5,000-year-old mummy.Montoksky monster is just a half-decomposed corpse of a dog.
At the same time, PIADC studies are of great importance for the diagnosis of animal diseases, in particular, foot and mouth disease, this work is especially important for ensuring the safety of products supplied to the market. And the mystery surrounding this organization is explained by the fact that the leaked information about animal diseases can be detrimental to the country's economy.
The bus tour of the island includes several stops. And the first is near the resting place of the only person buried on the island. In 1786, Colonel Thomas Gardiner died of yellow fever. Due to fears that this disease is extremely contagious, his family brought his body to Plum Island and buried it here. A single gravestone stands on a clearing near the main road crossing the island.
Colonel Gardiner, apparently, was not too pleased with the fact that he was left alone. His ghost, according to stories, traveled around this place and pursued the lighthouse employees. It was built on the island in 1869 and worked until 1978, when the coast guard automated the process.In 2011, the lighthouse was included in the National Register of Historic Places, although the years of oblivion did not pass without a trace, and the building needs reconstruction.
PIADC occupies only a small part of Plum Island. The greater part is a nature reserve, not spoiled by technology and human intervention. The tour includes a tranquil pond and a rocky beach where you can see seals.
During the Spanish-American War, the US Army erected Fort Terry here, and some buildings have survived to this day. The fort was part of the coastal defense system during World War II. American troops abandoned the fort in 1948, but some facilities continued to be used until 1954, when the PIADC opened.
It is rumored that after the war, the American government hired Nazi scientists to experiment with bacteriological weapons. Although the Nazis proved was not involved, the island is really a time served as the basis for developing biovooruzheniya, until in 1969, President Richard Nixon ordered the closure of the lab, located in the building 257. Built in 1911, it was originally intended for the storage of torpedoes min It is shrouded in many rumors about government experiments conducted in it.By the way, the excursions bypass this building, so it remains to be content with its contemplation from the bus window.
Other buildings of Fort Terry are currently in various stages of destruction, many of them hidden in the undergrowth. The most notable construction is a large barracks. It stands on a beautiful beach, not inferior to the coast of Long Island. On a typical day, white-winged gulls are the only visitors to the beach.
After the government announced the sale of Plum Island, interest in it increased significantly. Many environmental organizations have expressed concern that the island will go to commercial structures, and another resort will be built there. Currently, the island is under the jurisdiction of New York and is defined as a non-residential place, but what will eventually be with it is not yet determined. Therefore, while the future of the island of Plum is surrounded by intrigue and mystery.