and watertowers



The first ones I ever saw were located in Mastic Beach. When we moved there in November of 1950, there was a pair of them in the woods on Jefferson Drive just around the corner of our house. You can see them in the first photo top left taken in 1946. What I didn't know at the time was, they were part of the Knapp mansion, just another block away. The house under construction is the home of my first friend in Mastic Beach, Larry Schulz. We both were still a year away from being born. We first met each other when we were around 4 years old exploring that watertower. I would also soon find out these intriguing structures were synonomous with finding BIG OLD MANSIONS & HOUSES all over town. Just Look for a tower and find a mansion....or the remains of one. The second water tower and windmill I saw out there was on the William Floyd estate.

The fancy one in the second & fourth picture was on an estate in Bellport known as "Old Kentuck" That is South Country Road in the fourth pic. "Old Kentuck" aka Langley estate was just diagonaly across the road from the Gateway Theatre (Former Mott Estate) The photos are taken circa 1906 and guess who lived adjacent to Old Kentuck ?...In the 1910 Census it says Sylvia & Claire Knapp and their household staff.

The third photo taken in 2002, is a water tower still standing (in the trees) on the Dana Estate in Mastic. The fifth photo is what remains today of Claire Knapp's fancy watertower on her Greenlawn Estate. You can see it brand new in 1913 and her entire estate then and now by checking out the BIG OLD SURPRISE link on the main menu. I think it's design was inspired by the one she lived next door to in Bellport.

The last one above ( circa 1920, a combo in one tower ) was on the Libaire Estate on Senix Creek in Center Moriches. There is a Link to an entire Libaire Family Photo Album also on the main menu.

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