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


Dennis Puleston Nature Preserve
Hamlet of Brookhaven


Suffolk County Tax Map District 200, Sections 978.20, Block 03.00, Lots 017.000, 061.02 and 081.003; and District 0200, Section 978.30, Block 04.00, Lots 001.001 and 002.000.


In 1995, at the suggestion of the Brookhaven Village Association, vacant and unimproved contiguous parcels of land (about 37 acres) on South Country road owned by Suffolk County were designated as as the "Dennis Puleston Nature Preserve." The property was formerly owned by George Hawes and is part of the Suffolk County Open Space Preservation Program (Beaver Dam Creek and Sheildraqke Canal). The land was placed under the jurisdiction of the Suffolk County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation. It was to be maintained in its natural unimproved state.

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Suffolk County Resolution No. 1662-95 introduced by Legislator Herbert Davis.

7-Threats to Area

By Zoning
By Roads
By Developers
By Deterioration
Other: The legislation required that the property shall not be taken or otherwise disposed of nor used for any purpose.

8-Local Attitudes Toward the Area


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Supplemental Material

A walking trail passes through the preserve. The trail-head is on South Country road, opposite the Washington Lodge, near the SCPD "No trail-bikes" warning sign.