Archeological Site Inventory Form

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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.

Archeological Site Inventory Form

The William Rose - Charles Sweezey House

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




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Submitter Name:
John Deitz
Submitter Address:
7 Locust Rd.

Brookhaven, NY 11719


The William Rose - Charles Sweezey House
Hamlet of Brookhaven


4a-Public Site
4b-Private Site

Historic and Architectural Importance

One of the early homes now destroyed.

This house is said to have been one of the settings in Louise Forsslund's novel Ship of Dreams. Louise Forsslund was a Sayville native who wrote novels placed in the Mastic and Brookhaven Hamlet areas, with characters closely drawn on the residents. Her second novel Ship Of Dreams published in 1902 mixes and matches thinly disguised members of the Tangier Smith family along with area locals. It is said that it was so closely drawn that the last Smith heirs looked into a possible lawsuit. Forsslund aka Louise Foster lived for a time in Brookhaven Hamlet near Squassux Landing and gathered the long told folk tales of the fisherman and other locals

6- Description, Condition, Evidence of Site

6a-Standing Ruins
6b-Cellar Hole with Walls
6c-Surface Traces Visible
6d-Walls Without Cellar Hole
6e-Under Cultivation
6h-No Visible Evidence

7- Collection of Material from Site

7a- Surface Hunting

8- Prehistoric Cultural Affiliation or Date

9-Historical Documentation of Site

10- Possibility of Site Destruction or Disturbance

Said to have been destroyed by fire about 1920-1924.


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):

Other Maps:

13- Photographs

Photos and images

Supplemental Material

1858, 1873, 1888 maps and photographs at Post-Morrow

"Early Photographs of the Hamlet of Brookhaven Collected by George Perley Morse 1945-1959." Repository: Post-Morrow Foundation.

Prepared By

John Deitz