Check out my latest post in the…“our forgotten past series” to find out. Recently attended the 300th anniversary of the Floyd property purchase at the William Floyd Estate on July 7th. Hope your all enjoying this great Summer weather and getting down to the ocean beaches.
Check out my latest article, no. 12 in the “our forgotten past series” on how Great Gun Beach got its name.
To anyone still reading this blog, check out new articles no. 10 & 11 in my history series. Had a great time volunteering with the MPHS at the Woodhull cemetery for Tri-hamlet Day.
..Looking forward to seeing everyone out this Tri-Hamlet Saturday coming up. Wanted to let everyone know that I’ve just added another article to my ..our forgotten past series on the William J. Murray Photo collection that is available through Queens Public Library online. In addition, my work with the MPHS has resulted in another Historic Marker approval, this time for the Mastic RR Station once located on Mastic Road at the crossing. The original building was put up in 1882 but was taken down in 1960. By the way, if you would like to visit the station, you still can. The Wantagh Preservation Society has a museum with a station that was exactly like the original we had here (see pics below).
The Wantagh station, built in 1885, was moved in 1966 to its museum location at 1700 Wantagh Ave, Wantagh NY. It was then restored to its appearance in 1903. For more information about the museum, link here.
Wanted to drop a line out to everyone that I have added 2 more short articles in the “our forgotten past” series. Also, the MPHS was successful in having yet another Historic Marker installed for the “Battle of Fort St. George”. Hope everyone is excited for Spring time and the annual Tri-Hamlet Day festivities.
Looking back, I want to take a moment to thank the library and the community for giving me the privilege of managing our library’s local history collection, and of course, serving with the Mastic Peninsula Historical Society in our on-going pursuit to preserve our history. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been at this endeavor for the past 16 years now. We’ve done some great work together and I look forward to even greater things to come.
Just a quick note to fill everyone in on some of the fun and interesting goings-on here at the library and with the Historical Society. At the top of the list has to be the great news I just received regarding a grant award for another Historic Marker. The new marker commemorates the Richard Floyd IV estate which became the Bayview Hospital before its demise by fire in the 1980s. I so look forward to getting this installed in Mastic Beach this coming spring with the help of the Town of Brookhaven and Mastic Beach Village staff. Let’s also not forget that the historical society has published another booklet on the history of Shirley this past summer and I’m proud to support all the great work the Society does every year.
Coming this fall will be our annual William Floyd Birthday Celebration December 17th. We were quite happily surprised last year by a patron who donated a bust of Mr. Floyd. With the help of Nick Tanzi and the Digital Service Department, a 3d scan of the sculpture was done and we’re now able to print in plastic a perfect miniature replica of the Floyd bust. I look forward to seeing the William Floyd School kids here at the library and commend the work done on the Rita Rech Museum at the High School. The library will be collaborating on providing displays for the museum this coming year.
Moving along, I recently obtained a huge collection of Long Island Postcards during this past spring and we look forward to making this great collection available to the public. Right now we’re in the process of sorting through the collection and organizing it by county and town.
Finally, I would like to add that I’ve put up No. 5 in the “our forgotten past series” regarding Captain James Ezra Hawkins, The Forge River Life Saving Station and its tie-in to the Fire Island Hotel. Take a look at it and send me some feedback. As always, submissions are always welcome.
All the best and yours in history.
A lot of time has passed since I’ve been active on this blog-site. My apologies and I’ll do my best to get back to keeping you all updated at least once a month as to what’s going on with our history research and work here at the library, with the Mastic Peninsula Historical Society, and of course my own personal interests.
I am excited about an event coming Saturday, May 28th, as I will be attending a photo op for the recently installed Historical Marker with regard to the Unkechaug Reservation. The marker is located just across from Franks Bakery on the south side of Montauk Highway. Additionally, we’ve got the Tri-Hamlet day celebration coming on Saturday, June 4th and the library we’ll be participating as noted in the front page of our current library newsletter.
The library also completed a restoration of the William Floyd Estate Historic Marker this past Winter, which is now up at the corner of Mastic Road and Montauk Highway on the south side. I look forward to working with our local historical society in the coming months to add additional markers at sites of historic significance through out our communities.
Lastly, I would like everyone who subscribes to this site to please let me know if you would like to become a contributor. I was pleased to have Mr. Xio Xiomaro write about his experience photographing the William Floyd Estate. Should you wish to share any of your personal stories, memorabilia, photographs, etc. regarding our areas history, I would be happy to post them out to the public on your behalf.