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 1970’s and early 1980’s, much of the information reflects that time period. Included in this category are sites for which some documentation may exist but are no longer extant often with little or no modern evidence at the site.

Sites which have a suffix of “S” are supplemental sites not included in the original surveys.


Site of Hawkins house & Farm

Archeological Site Inventory Form

Fire Place Manse or Parsonage Lands

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

Inventory Code:   Br03 
Prepared Date:   1982-07-26 
Last Modified:   1970-01-01 
Submitter Name:   Town of Brookhaven/SPLIA
Submitter Address:   Town Hall
205 S. Ocean Ave.
Patchogue, NY 11772  
Organization:   Brookhaven Community Development Agency
1-Site Name:   Site of Hawkins house & Farm 
2a-County:   Suffolk    2b-Town:   Brookhaven    2c-Village:   Hamlet of Brookhaven
   4a-Public Site    4b-Private Site
4-Present Owner:  National Fish & Wildlife Service   5a-Address:  Meadow Lane, Brookhaven, NY
Historic and Architectural Importance

[The Hawkins Farm off Montauk Highway at Brookhaven Hamlet seems to have first come into the Hawkins family in the middle to late 18th century, possibly by Nathaniel Hawkins (1752-1823). His sons, the Rev. Nathaniel and David Hawkins are both known to have been farmers in the general vicinity,and both were named executors of Nathaniel's will. David seems to have farmed the Little Neck parcel. The last Hawkins to own the farm was David's son Augustus Andrew Hawkins (1826-1914, "Little Gus"). This house, at the south end of the farm tract, was occupied by Gus and his sister Prudence (1828-1915) after the death of her husband.

There are two Hawkins family cemeteries on the old farm. At the north end, near to Montauk Highway is a small, much deterioated cemetery known as the Nathaniel Hawkins cemetery Historic Site ID Br02). Not far from the site of the Augustus Hawkins homestead is a larger cemetery known as the the David Hawkins Cemetery (Historic Site ID SH01A.1-S.)

Additional research is required to trace the title of this farm.

The tract is now within the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge.]

6- Description, Condition, Evidence of Site

As was the early custom, a large tracts of land (called a manse, or parsonage lands) were set aside by the Town of Brookhaven for the benefit of the ministers of the Town church, in general as a farm to provide for their sustenance. Such a tract was provided in Fire Place for the Church at the South (the South Haven Presbyterian Church).  This tract included the section north of the northern boundary of the Corwin farm (the present LIRR right-of-way), between Old Town Road/South Country road on the west, the southern boundary of the Great Division of Lots (Montauk Highway), and east to Little Neck Run. (See map).

 6a-Standing Ruins

 6b-Cellar Hole with Walls  

 6c-Surface Traces Visible  6d-Walls Without Cellar Hole
 6e-Under Cultivation  6f-Erosion
 6g-Underwater  6h-No Visible Evidence
7- Collection of Material from Site
 7a- Surface Hunting By Whom:    Date:  
 7b-Testing By Whom:  Date:  
 7c-Excavation By Whom:  Date: 
7e-Present Repository of Materials  
8- Prehistoric Cultural Affiliation or Date
9-Historical Documentation of Site
Atlas of long Island, New York, by F.W. Beers, New York: Beers, Comstock & Cline, 1873  
10- Possibility of Site Destruction or Disturbance
Inevitable  «»
This house was allowed to deteriorate and become vandalised by the former owners although they were made aware of its historical interest. It is now past the point of restoration by the Fish and Wildlife Service.
12- Map Location
    [If an original form, the source map images were not reproducible.]
12a- 7 1/2 Minute Quad. Name: 
12b- 15 Minute Quad. Name:   
12c- U.S.G.S Coordinates:   
12d- D.O.T. Coordinates:  (if known):   Bellport Quad
Other Maps:   
13- Photographs
  Photos and images  
Supplemental Material
Prepared By
  Ellen Williams, research assistant