Hello Fall…..

Hope everyone enjoyed the Summer. Please take a look at my latest story on the J.W. Masury Estate found in my series here. As many of you may know, we have an excellent Local History collection here at your public library. Pictured below is a scan of one of many postcards added to our digital site, showing the path at Jones Beach in the Fall.


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Wishing everyone a Happy 4th!!!!

Hoping everyone enjoys their Independence Day celebrations. Thought you might like to see this letter written by our own William Floyd on July 4th 1821, one month before his death on August 4th of the same year.  By that time he had already been living in his second home in Westernville NY for some 20 years.  I’m hoping to get up there this Summer to see the home and property.

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. “Letter” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1821. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/bac0a75c-265e-b981-e040-e00a1806

Westernville Estate Home pictured above….

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Spring 2019

Good news, groundhog Holtsville Hal has predicted an early Spring. Looking forward to St. Patrick’s Day and warmer weather. If your bored and need something to read, be sure and check out my latest article, no. 16, “Of Books, Billboards and History” 

holtsville hal

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Winter 2019

Wanted to touch base with all my readers. Happy New Year to all of you who take the time to read this. This year is kind of special for the Mastic Peninsula Local History Society as its the 20 year anniversary of its founding in 1999. I’m proud to be a part of a great group of people who are devoted to preserving and protecting the areas local history resources.

If you have time, head over to my “our forgotten history series” for story no. 15 about Augustus Floyd and Emily Gardiner. Included are some great photographs of the family and Estate.

Looking forward to attending the ceremony for our latest Historical Sign Marker commemorating the Mastic RR Station. Will also be installing an update to the MPHS website, coming soon. Keep me posted and as always, I welcome submissions or your comments.


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Fall 2018

Wanted to let all of you know that I’ve added story no. 14 in my “our forgotten past series”, a little something about Lawrence Sperry.  Had a great time this past weekend attending the 2018 Longwood Fair with my friends at the MPHS.  Looking forward to upcoming Fall events around our communities.

longwood fair (1)




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How many names can one river have?..

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.

Mastic Acres at Shirley

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Bored!? Need something to read?

Check out my latest article, no. 12 in the “our forgotten past series” on how Great Gun Beach got its name.


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