Historic and Natural Districts Inventory Form

Unless indicated below, this is a transcript of the original Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities/Town of Brookhaven survey form. Corrections to obvious typographical and spelling errors have been made. Corrections to factual errors, updates or comments on the information are either enclosed in [square brackets], or will be clearly indicated as updated material. Since most of the surveys were conducted in the late 1970ā€™s and early 1980ā€™s, much of the information reflects that time period.

Sites with an Inventory Code suffix of ā€œSā€ are supplemental sites not included in the original surveys.

Historic and Natural Districts Inventory Form

Dayton's Neck

 If checked, this is a Supplemental Form, not in the original surveys.

Inventory Code:   Br15.2-S 
Prepared Date:   2011-10-22 
Last Modified:   2012-06-28 
Submitter Name:   John Deitz
Submitter Address:   7 Locust Rd.

Brookhaven, NY 11719  
1-Site Name:   Dayton's Neck 
2a-County:       2b-Town:   Brookhaven    2c-Village:   Hamlet of Brookhaven

Dayton's Neck is the historical name given to the neck of land east of Mott's Creek and the Village of Bellport and Tarmen's Neck.


It was on this neck of land that the first permanent European settled "at South" about 1678.


7-Threats to Area
 By Zoning    By Roads
 By Developers  By Deterioration
 Other Much of western Dayton's Neck has been developed for residential use.

Much of the wet land areas are under government control. Suffolk County acquired the Hawes Property at the eastern edge of the neck in July 1992, opposite the former Marist Brothers retreat (a.k.a. George Washington Lodge, see Br10.11-S) on the south side of South Country Road. This fine, 38-acre preserve consists of a mature hardwood area at the northern end, merging at the lower levels into wooded swampland and marsh further south. It is a good stopping-off point for migrating birds in spring and fall, On June 13, 1995, the Suffolk County Legislature voted to designate this land as the Dennis Puleston Nature Preserve.

In 2011, 9.6 acres of the Washington Lodge estate north of South Country road was purchased in a joint venture with the Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County and the Post Morrow Foundation. A large adjacent site has been purchased by a private party with the intent of maintaining it as open space/farm land.

8-Local Attitudes Toward the Area
  Photos and images  
Prepared By:
  John Deitz
Supplemental Material