A visit to the
Mastic Beach, NY.
"THE WOODHULL LODGE" A Former
Charles Jefferey Smith / Hannah Newbold Lawrence (Sherman)
/ Joseph Fairchild Knapp Estates
I have recently become acquainted long distance
through the efforts of a web site reader with Robert F. Muse,
longtime owner of one of the original homes circa 1850 from the
Bob's parents Fred and
Emilie, purchased it in 1948 and as you can see by these photos
taken from August - November that year, it was a genuine fixer
upper....which is far better than a "tear her downner"
which was the fate of far too many Mastic area dwellings back
then. Well fix Fred Muse did and the house stands today as a jewel
on the Mastic Beach landscape. I think the former owners, Charles
Jeffery Smith(?) the Lawrences 1850-1916 and the Knapps 1916-1938
would be proud of what became it. What started out as place to
park their carriage's and provide cold storage for the game they
hunted, has been dealt a far better hand than their mansion up
the road ever was.
faced south and was lifted and turned 90 degrees in the 1960's
The front now faces Locust Drive.
Fred & Emilie
Muse August 1948
VIEW FROM LOCUST
This is what
you would see as you rode up to it on the dirt trail that became
Locust Drive in 1926.
Notice NO TRESPASSING
SIGN below a wide open window.
The North Side
....that now faces east
Ready to go
Fred Muse &
His Mighty Crosley At The Front Door
Richard & sister Juanita with their Dad ready to dive in
Robert F. Muse
was just over one year old when these photos were taken. He must
of watched his Dad's home improvement job closely from his crib
because today he is a general contractor. Many thanks to him for
sharing these great photos.
TO SEE HOW THIS PROJECT TURNED