Unless indicated below, this is a transcript of the original Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities/Town of Brookhaven survey form. Since most of the surveys were conducted in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, much of the information reflects that time period.

Corrections to obvious typographical and spelling errors have been made. Corrections to factual errors in the original surveys, and updates or comments on the information are either enclosed in [square brackets], or are clearly indicated as updated material from the context of the comments.

Sites with an Inventory Code suffix of “S” are supplemental sites not included in the original surveys.


Swezey-Wiswall house

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

Inventory Code:   Br18A 
Prepared Date:   1975-03-10 
Last Modified:   1970-01-01 
Original Submitter
Submitter Name:   Mrs. Paul W. Bigelow
Submitter Address:   7 Thornhedge Road

Bellport, NY 11713  
Organization:   Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society
1-Building/Site Name:   Swezey-Wiswall house 
2a-County:   Suffolk    2b-Town:   Brookhaven    2c-Village:   Hamlet of Brookhaven
3-Street Location:    
 4a-Public    4b-Private
5a-Present Owner:   Dr. R. H. Wiswall 5b-Address:   331 Beaver Dam Road

6a-Original:   Private home

6b-Present:   same

 7a-Visible From Road

 7b-Interior Accessible
7b-Interior Comment:   by appointment
Building Materials



 8d-Board & Batten



Structural System
 9a-Wood Frame Interlocking Joints    9b-Wood Frame Light Members:   9c-Masonry:
9d-Metal Comment:   
 9e-Other Comment:   
   10a-Excellent   10b-Good   10c-Fair    10d-Deteriorated
  11a-Original Site  11b-Moved If so, when?
11c-Alterations:   [Extensive remodeling early 20th century. See before and after pictures.]  «»
Photo & Map
12-Photo Photos and images
[Threats were not evaluated in the original South Shore Estuary Survey.  They are an evaluation by J. Deitz]
  14a-None Known:   14b-Zoning   14c-Roads
  14d-Developers   14e-Deterioration
Related Outbuildings and Property
 15a-Barn  15b-Carriage House  15c-Garage
 15d-Privy  15e-Shed   15f-Greenhouse
 15g-Shop  15h-Gardens   15i-Landscape Features
15i-Landscape Features:   
Surroundings of the Building
 16a-Open Land  16b-Woodland  16c-Scattered Bldgs.
 16d-Densely Built-up  16e-Commercial  16f-Industrial
 16g-Residential 16h-Other:   [In 1975, the surroundings would have been considered "residential.", not "open land."]
Interrelationship of Building and Surroundings
Other Notable Features of Building and Site
18-Notable Features:      «»
19-Initial Const Date:    
Historic and Architectural Importance
20-Importance:   Past owners: Warren Swezey; Miss Ellen Learned. Miss Learned was a fine musician with her, lives Emily Wagner, who formed the N.Y. Music School (Music ?? Settlement)
In 1927, Esther A. Wickham nee Hayes rented the house from Ellen Learned and operated it as a hostelry with room for 20 guests. Prior to 1927, she had been a proprietor of the Edgewater Inn (Br17.1-S).
In 1957 in became the residence of Dr. Richard H. and Ann Swartz Wiswell and family.
21-Sources: On 1873 Brookhaven map W. Swezey. «»
Prepared By: 
  John Deitz  
Supplemental Material:
  OldPurchas Properties real estate listing, 2015: "The John Warren Swezey House. Originally built in 1851 this colonial style home is situated on one of the most beautiful roads in Brookhaven Hamlet. The home has wonderful light as there are many oversized windows and great porches for inside and outside enjoyment. The living room has wood burning fireplace as well as dining and library. Large eat in kitchen with pantry and butler's pantry. There are six bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. One of the bedrooms has a sleeping porch for the warm summer evenings. Great walk up attic. Two car detached garage/barn. Wonderful garden with room for pool and steps to association marina for your boat." Nov 2015 listing $$749,000.