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 Homes in Brookhaven Town

Thompson House
c. 1709
North Country Rd., Setauket

Long a focal point of local history, the Thompson House is open from mid-May through mid-October, 1 to 5pm, Friday through Sunday. Go back in time to the Thompson House and visit a colonial doctor's office! Be transported to the post -Revolutionary War period in this interactive program with medical instruments, patient diagnosis, and making pharmaceutical remedies. This program acquaints people with the differences in medicine, health and disease from the 18th century to today. People will have the opportunity to role play with the instructor where a variety of ailments will be diagnosed using 18th century methods. Visitors see the doctor's apothecary and use mortars and pestles to grind herbs and use Smart Board Technology to perform 21st century surgeries. The program closes with a discussion on the discoveries in science and medicine to the present. Available for group tours, 631-751-2244.

Brewster House
c. 1665

Route 25A, East Setauket

The Brewster House is the oldest dwelling in the chock-full-of-history Three Villages. Built circa 1665, its first location was probably at the top of the present 25A hill. In the early 1700s, a new addition was added to the side closest to the road. In 1968, the house was restored to its 1845 appearance as depicted in William Sydney Mount's famous genre painting. "Long Island Farmhouses." The building is owned and maintained by the Ward Melville Heritage Organization, which conducts special classes and tours there. Brewster house is open by appointment 631-751-2244.

Davis House, Coram
Davis House
c. 1750

Route 25, (Middle Country Rd.) Coram - 631-451-6298

Standing approximately 75 feet off Middle Country Road, the Davis House is an architectural treasure. It was once a tavern, prior to that—during the nineteenth century—this homestead was Brookhaven's Town Hall office for the Town Clerk and Justice of the Peace, and served as a stagecoach stop. The house, purchased four years ago by the Town of Brookhaven, was recently accorded National Register of Historic Places status. Ongoing preservation is now underway with a new foundation and roof planned.

Longwood Estate, RidgeLongwood Estate
c. 1750

Smith and Longwood Roads, Ridge - 631-924-1820

The historic Longwood Estate is operated by the Town of Brookhaven. The property and wetlands are part of a vast original land grant given to William "Tangier" Smith. The house was built by Tangier's great, great grandson and was occupied for well over a century by that branch of the Smith clan. The interior is now coming to life with period furniture and decor. Outbuildings add to the estate's simple charm as well as to its historic authenticity. The Longwood Estate serves as a backdrop for the annual Town of Brookhaven's September Fair.

William Floyd Estate, MasticWilliam Floyd Estate
c. 1724
245 Park Drive, Mastic Beach - 631-393-2030

An enchanting site, the William Floyd Estate's white house and red barns are set on rolling fields. Open Friday through Sunday all summer, the first tour begins at 11:00 am, the last at 4:30pm. Brimful of early American history, this was William Floyd's home when he signed the Declaration of Independence and when he served in the first U.S. Congress. The house was occupied by the British during the Revolutionary War. The estate includes 613 acres, the 25 room house, and 12 outbuildings (including ice house, pump house, barns and incinerator). The main hous dubled in size around 1750, a kitchen wing went up in 1857, and the first bath in 1898.

Ketcham Inn, East MorichesKetcham Inn
c. 1693
Montauk Highway, East Moriches - 631-878-8862
This wonderful structure appears suddenly at the road's edge on your left as you are heading east. The inn was the Ketcham Hotel until a few years ago. Now with time taking its toll, restoration of the structure is being performed by the Ketcham Foundation. For a century, the inn was a major stop on the stagecoach ride to Montauk.The Inn is a living history lesson!