Here are some photos
I took Saturday Morning, January 26th on my way to the airport.
This area now known as Old Mastic, was once the Dana Estate. A
wedding gift ? to Katherine Floyd when she married William Dana.
The place was declared an historic district in the 1980's which
has kept it out of the hands of developers who would just as soon
carve it up into tiny plots. I'm happy to say the new houses that
are being built in there are in keeping with what Ella Dana (
the last Mrs. Dana ) wanted for her property.
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With the exception of the new signs,
this is how the entrances and roads to and in the Dana Estate
looked when I was a kid .
The Gate House
Merritt Cash Penney (1854-1941), the
Superintendant and his wife Adeliade Mellisa Penney, lived here
according to the 1920 census. Merritt's sons , Clarence G., Willis
O. (Claire Knapp's husband) and Leonard L. all worked on the estate
too at one time as did their son's. Though the Big Dana House
"Moss Lots" is gone, it's nice to know the smaller ones
still survive and are being well cared for in private ownership.
Whenever I see a watertower in the
woods, I always remember the first ones I ever saw. On the Knapp
Estate and Floyd Estate in 1950. A house in the woods my kind
of place. The horses seem to like it too.
HERE IS WHAT NEWSDAY HAD TO SAY ABOUT THIS AREA IN
The Westbound Out Of Mastic Circa 1920
How The Dana's , Knapp's and everyone else got out
NEXT BROOKHAVEN & BELLPORT
The area J. P. Knapp and family first
came to in the 1890's