Monday, March 25, 2019

EcoTourism in Brookhaven Town

EcoTourism in Brookhaven Town

Town of Brookhaven
One Independence Hill
Farmingville, NY 11738
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Historic Sites and Tours in Brookhaven Townin Brookhaven Town

Historical perspective helps us link the events of the past with our lives today.
The Town of Brookhaven pays homage to the people and events that have preceded us, and provides an understanding and appreciation of days gone by. Brookhaven has several historic homes dating back to the Revolutionary War, click here to learn more about these homes.
Cemetery Tours in Brookhaven

William Floyd Estate
245 Park Dr. (Off Neighborhood Road) Mastic Beach - 631-399-2030
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri.-Sun. and Monday holidays May 27-Nov. 13
House by guided tour only; self-guided tours of grounds, cemetery and out buildings.

Setauket Presbyterian Church Graveyard

The Caroline Church of Brookhaven
Tours conducted by the Three Village Historical Society.
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Historic Tours in Brookhaven

The Long Island Museum

1200 Route 25A  Stony Brook, NY 11790  (631) 751-0066
The Long Island Museum is dedicated to inspiring people of all ages with an
understanding and enjoyment of American art, history and carriages as expressed through the heritage of Long Island and its diverse communities.
Ketcham Inn Foundation
PO Box 626, Center Moriches - 631-878-1855
The Ketcham Inn Foundation strives to recreate an authentic look at 18th Century life on Long Island (New York). The Foundation's mission includes bringing the site into a living history format that can be enjoyed by school children and visitors alike.
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Longwood Estate
Longwood and Smith Roads Ridge - 631-924-1820
One of Brookhaven’s most historic parks, circa 1790, the Longwood Estate includes the manor house, one-room schoolhouse and barns on 35 acres. Each year it hosts the Longwood Country Fair during September, followed by a fall festival and "Santa Comes to Longwood" in December. Barnyard Day is held each October where children build a life-size scarecrow. Call to confirm dates. Hours: 9 a.m-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri., tours available upon request. Open year-round.

Mather House Museum
115 Prospect Street, Port Jefferson Station - (631) 473-2665
Open July and August on Tues, Wed, Sat & Sun, from 1-4 pm.
The Mather House Museum, circa 1840 – 1860, was a home to Mather family, who were 19th century shipbuilders. Now a local museum, the property encompasses a number of historic buildings that preserve the interiors, furniture, tools and other items from the 19th century. The Spinney Clock Museum, a building that houses a collection of 250 antique clocks from the Spinney family collection, is also on the property.
The Thomas Jefferson Perennial Garden, adjacent to the Main House, is maintained by the Suwassett Garden Club.
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Museum Manor of St. George
William Floyd Parkway, Smith’s Point - 631-281-5034
Hours: Open Thursday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. May 1 – October 30. Free admission
Home of William Tangier Smith family and descendents; granted to Col. W.E. (Tangier) Smith in 1653 for services to the crown, the estate contains colonial-era documents, furniture, and portraits. The home is also the site of a 1780 Revolutionary War battle.

Sherwood-Jayne House
55 Old Post Road, East Setauket  - 631-692-4664
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Memorial Day through Columbus Day, by appt. only. Adults $3.00; children 7-14, $2.00.
Filled with a varied collection of furniture and objects, the Sherwood-Jayne house is located in a bucolic setting with sheep grazing in the adjoining pasture. Hand painted floral wall frescoes imitating expensive wallpaper decorate the east parlor.

An Apple Festival is celebrated each September at the House.

Stony Brook Grist Mill
Harbor Road, off Main Street Stony Brook - (631) 751-2244
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May through October, Saturdays & Sundays (Weather Permitting)
Hours: 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Adults $2.00 & Children, $1.00
Long Island's most completely equipped working Grist Mill, the Stony Brook Grist Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The tour features a grain milling demonstration and a country store.

Swan River School House 
31 Roe Avenue, Patchogue - 631-475-7871 or 631-475-4645
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The schoolhouse, which was built in 1858, is open on scheduled Sundays during July & August. A Summer schedule will be posted on the website in the Spring. If you are interested in bringing a group during the Fall, Winter or Spring, please call. You can also e-mail

Ward Melville Heritage Organization Educational & Cultural Center
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Living history performances, changing exhibits, children's programs, seminars and concerts take place here. Call 631-689-5888 for information. In addition, state-of-the-art interactive distance learning programs are available such as Running Scared, Running Free: Escape to the Promise Land; Electronic Explorotions: The Salt Marsh Ecosystem; First Long Islanders: Original Inhabitants and Windows Through Time: Journals of American Revolutionary War Spies! Call 631-751-2244 for reservations.

William Floyd Estate
245 Park Drive, Mastic Beach - 631-399-2030
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri.-Sun. and Monday holidays May 27-Nov. 13
House by guided tour only; self-guided tours of grounds, cemetery and out buildings.

William Floyd was an original signer of the Declaration of Independence, and his family members were prominent Long Islanders for generations. His family’s history is preserved at the William Floyd Estate, a 25-room home, which contains architectural features and artifacts from three centuries of American life.

The property also contains twelve outbuildings, the family cemetery and the 613 acres of forest, fields, marsh and trails, which all graphically illuminate the layers of history.