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.
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….
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”
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.
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.
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.