William Floyd Estate
Forge Point, Mastic, Suffolk County, NY
Run by the National Park Service. Mosquitoes during season.
Take the Long Island Expressway east to exit 68 to get onto the William Floyd Parkway heading south; drive 6.2 miles and turn left (east) onto Neighborhood Road; drive 1.9 miles and turn left (north) onto Whittier Drive (which runs into Mastic Beach Road); drive 0.6 of a mile and turn right (east) onto Washington Avenue; drive 0.8 of a mile and turn right (south) into the estate entrance.
The Floyd family lived in the house for eight generations. They operated a huge plantation of some 4,000 acres here. Later, the lands were used for outdoor recreational pursuits like hunting and fishing.
1724 -- Nicol Floyd builds the mansion.
1734 -- birth of son William Floyd to parents Nicoll and Tabitha Floyd. He was to be one of eight children.
1755 -- As the eldest son, William inherits the plantation at the age of 21.
1767 -- he and his first wife Hannah Jones by now have three children.
1773 -- William becomes a colonel in the militia.
1774 -- he represents New York in the First Continental Congress.
1776 -- William Floyd (born in the house in 1734) signs the Declaration of Independence. (The other signer from Long Island was of Francis Lewis of Whitestone.) He was a major-general in the Revolutionary War.
around 1777 -- William and his family leave Long Island for the period of the British occupation. (The occupying troops temporarily ruin the estate.)
1781 -- his wife Hannah dies.
1783 -- the family returns to Mastic.
1784 -- William marries Joanna Strong (they have two daughters together).
1803 -- Late in life, William moves to Westernville, New York, and builds a new estate there similar to the Mastic property. He left the Mastic estate to his son Nicoll.
1821 -- William dies.
1974 -- became part of the National Seashore.
fields, woods dominated by oak-hickory, salt marsh, five ponds
The house is open for tours from April through October.