Historic and Natural Districts 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.

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

Historic and Natural Districts Inventory Form




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

Brookhaven, NY 11719


Dayton's Neck
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.

5- Map


Osborne Shaw's "History of Brookhaven Hamlet.," page 5.
The Brookhaven/South Haven Hamlet Study, 1995.

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


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John Deitz

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