As I mentioned it was Hempstead Village Historian Jim York who told me about this house. Originally it faced the bay, but in the '60's the owners turned house sideways so it now faces west on Locust. I remember it from when I was a kid, but had no idea it was part of the Knapp Estate, but then I had no idea my house was sitting on Knapp land either. Jim was in an ideal position to know about the Muse place because his grandparents built a bungalow just a stones throw south of it in the 1920's. Jim spent his summers there all through the late 1940's - 60's. Jim's mother who was a girl in the 1930s remembers it well because of the tower that was on the land in front of it. It was an observation tower that you could view the entire bay and beyond across Fire Island and the ocean from. There's lots of speculation as to what the tower was used for, but no need to get into that now. She said as soon as they arrived from the city, she would head for it. Here's a tiny snapshot of it taken around 1935 and a view from the top, courtesy of Mr. York. You can just barely the roof of the Muse house in the background.
It must of been really exciting for Jim's Mom as a young girl to take that long drive out on Montauk Highway from the city to the wilds of Mastic Beach. Their bungalow backed up to the Knapp golf course and it was there in the 1930's she saw an incredible sight. A helicopter landed there. A common sight perhaps today but in the mid 30's??? Most helicopters were still very experimental looking, one man open frame deals, with a motor strapped to them. Igor Sikorsky the father of the modern helicopter had applied for a patent in 1929 and was building experimental craft on Long Island, but nothing like Mrs. York described. "It was enclosed and looked like a modern day one" Well if anyone had the connections to have a private helicopter of that type and that early it would be the Knapp's or their business associates. I did some research and the only enclosed helicopter that I could find available during the mid 1930's was this one built in France. The Knapp's had business and social ties with France going the way back to the 1800's. Joseph Fairchild Knapp was on his way home to NY from Paris when he passed away aboard the steamer La Champagne in 1891. Though I cannot say this is the actual helicopter Mrs. York saw back then , I can say this is the only enclosed helicopter I could find that was available in 1935. Can you imagine a well oiled patron of Paul Schulte's Stable wandering out of that watering hole and seeing something like this. THE MARTIANS HAVE LANDED!!!
No it's just Joe Knapp and his friends...... dropping in to tee off.