Tolfree Estate under new Ownership!

So, its been a while since I’ve gotten back to everyone and I’ve had something on my mind I’d like to share. Most if not all of you who are reading this are aware of the Tolfree Estate (photos below) originally built as a spec house by Fred Quimby around 1911. The Cutro family purchased the house after World War II from Edward Tolfree and had turned it into a restaurant and night club “Island View Manor” featuring musical guests like Tony Bennet. It has come to my attention that the Cutro family has sold the property which causes me great concern about the future of this historic home. Many of our areas historic properties  (ex. Richard Floyd Estate, Knapp Estate, Dana Estate, Augusta Floyd Estate, Nathaniel Woodhull Estate..) have either burned down or been torn down with little or no record of the estates interior or grounds. We can only hope that the future owner, I’ve been told a Mr. Dressler, will elect to preserve the home in some fashion. I know I will be disappointed to see the home torn down in the interest of real estate profits, but alas, without any historical designation, this is likely to be the case. Of course, perhaps the new owner will follow in the footsteps of Anna Wintour, the designer who purchased the Nicoll Floyd Estate in Old Mastic, and at least preserve some of the homestead while remodeling the inside.

tolfree estate   tolfree map

All the best,
-Brad

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1795 Time Capsule/William Floyd Estate Photographs

Wanted to share with you all two exciting happenings that should be of interest. First off, a time capsule was recently uncovered that was originally put in place at the Massachusetts State House by Sam Adams and Paul Revere. The items within the box, which include Newspapers and coins from the era, are very well preserved and can be seen online. The timing couldnt have been more perfect with the new Historical Fiction series “Sons of Liberty” playing on the History Channel.

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Also, one of my colleagues just brought to my attention a Newsday article ( http://www.newsday.com/long-island/li-life/the-other-side-documents-slave-graves-on-long-island-1.9798485 ) on Artist and Photographer Xiomaro who has a display of photographs from the William Floyd Estate which are available to be seen at the Oyster Bay Historical Society through March 29th. I was thinking how great it would be to have these displayed here in our community at the Public Library. Going to put this on my list of things to do this month. Hopefully I can convince him to come here to give a talk at least.

All the best,

-Brad

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My First Post…

I thought I should begin this blog by giving any readers a little info on my background. My name is Brad Shupe and I grew up here on Long Island in Massapequa, part of the town of Oyster Bay in Nassau County. I am currently employed in our community as a Reference Librarian in charge of Local History materials and actively involved with the Mastic Peninsula Historical Society.

My interest in history really began about 14 years ago as I began my employment and worked along side Mrs. Linda Knel, formerly in charge of the history collections, in digitizing and providing presentations of materials for our residents.

This site will be dedicated to sharing facts and stories of our areas history as they come across my desk.  I will from time to time post links to work projects completed either at the Mastic Peninsula Historical Societies website as well as the Mastics Moriches Shirley Library local history pages.

Also, I encourage anyone who would like to become a contributor to join me in posting anything having to do with our areas history.  So with that, lets let this journey begin, and I look forward to making our past come alive again.

All the best,

-Brad

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