Originally from Wales, the Floyd family sailed to the New World around 1650. After settling in Setauket, LI in the 1680's, Richard Floyd II purchased 4,400 acres from the prominent Long Island Smith family in 1718. Since that time, the estate has been passed down through eight generations of the Floyd family. It was donated to the National Park Service in 1976.
Originally a plantation in colonial times, the property includes twelve outbuildings, the family cemetery and 613 acres of forest, fields, marsh and many nature trails. As the years passed, the Floyd family became more involved business and politics and the estate soon became just a summer home and used for hunting and fishing when in season.
|The Floyd family cemetery still in use today|
|The expansive "Vista View" clear to the marshes|
Since it is a more a preservation, there is no photography allowed inside the house, but I have found some pictures from our local paper that I will include a link to. The property is still maintained as if they family still lived on the property.
Here are some links:
In answer to two comments about where William Floyd is actually buried, here is the link to explain. Yes, he is buried in Westernville, NY. The gravestone in the family cemetery was moved from Westernville to Long Island when the original stone was replaced. The link is below:
Official site of the William Floyd Estate
More on the history of William Floyd:
Newsday article. Some pics of the inside of the estate
Article about Westernville couple restoring General Floyd's home in Westernville, NY. This is where he moved to later on and left the Mastic house to his son.
|Gravestone of William Floyd|