The information in this form is based on information in the original South Shore Estuary Survey. Corrections to obvious typographical and spelling errors have been made. Corrections to factual errors, updates or comments on the information are enclosed either in [square brackets] or are clearly indicated as updates in the text.. Since the surveys were conducted in the Summer of 2004, the information reflects that time period unless otherwise noted. Because the South Shore Estuary Survey report format is not entirely consistent with the original Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities/Town of Brookhaven survey formats, there are a few additional fields on this page not found on the original forms. The original South Shore Estuary Survey Report is available as a PDF document by clicking on the below.

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


Wallace Halsey Swezey House - 179 Old Stump Rd.

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

Inventory Code:   Br36.179-S 
Prepared Date:   2004-06-11 
Last Modified:   1970-01-01 
Submitter Name:   Jayme Breschard
Submitter Address:   382 Main Street

Port Washington, NY 11050  
Organization:   Long Island Traditions, Inc
1-Building/Site Name:   Wallace Halsey Swezey House - 179 Old Stump Rd. 
2a-County:   Suffolk    2b-Town:   Brookhaven    2c-Village:   Hamlet of Brookhaven
3-Street Location:    
 4a-Public    4b-Private
5a-Present Owner:   Edward & Ruth Call [2004] 5b-Address:   179 Old Stump Rd.

6a-Original:   Residence

6b-Present:   Residence

 7a-Visible From Road

 7b-Interior Accessible
7b-Interior Comment:   By appointment
Architectural Style:   
  Open-Gable Cottage  
Decorative Features: 
  Entablature frontispiece with pilasters  
Building Materials 



 8d-Board & Batten



8-Other:   sawed wood shingle, coursed
Structural System
 9a-Wood Frame Interlocking Joints    9b-Wood Frame Light Members:   9c-Masonry:
9d-Metal Comment:   
 9e-Other Comment:   
Roof Style: 
Roofing Materials: 
  asphalt shingle, plain  
wood shingles extended to the ground  
  one-over-one and six-over-six double hung sash and four-light casement windows  
  off-centered nine-light door with two-panels on west façade  
  exterior concrete block end-wall chimney and exterior block-wall chimney on one-story south addition.  
   10a-Excellent   10b-Good   10c-Fair    10d-Deteriorated
  11a-Original Site  11b-Moved If so, when?
11c-Alterations:    «»
[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:   The lot, on the east side, adjoins the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge
Interrelationship of Building and Surroundings
Other Notable Features of Building and Site
18-Notable Features:      «»
19-Initial Const Date:   About 1888  
Historic and Architectural Importance
20-Importance:   According to the 1888 Atlas of the Towns of Babylon, Islip and the South Part of Brookhaven, the east side of Old Stump Road was developing faster than the west (traveling north from the road's juncture with Beaver Dam Road). At this time, Beaver Dam Road was known as Brookhaven Avenue and Old Stump Road as Railroad Ave. The building presently at 179 Beaver Dam Road was owned by W. H. Swezey.

Wallace Halsey Swezey was born January 9, 1860 in New York. He appeared as "Wallase" on the 1880 census in Brookhaven Hamlet, Suffolk County, New York. He resided in the household of his parents, Hannah and William Egbert Swezey, and was a farmer. In 1900, Wallace Halsey appeared on the census as a bayman. By 1910, he was a dealer in ice and resided on Railroad Avenue. Wallace Halsey Swezey operated his own ice business in 1920, but was back to farming in 1930. Attending the Presbyterian Church (currently the South Haven Presbyterian Church) in South Haven, he became the most senior member of the congregation in 1940. William Halsey Swezey died in 1951 in Yaphank.

[This structure was also said to have been the residence of Edgar Homan, and for a time in the 1930s rented by Harold Bubb.]

21-Sources: [See original survey report.] «»
22-Theme:   Residential  
Prepared By: 
  Jayme Breschard (transcribed by John Deitz)  
Supplemental Material:
  Real Estate Listing, 2015: "In the heart of the Hamlet, this Colonial is priced to sell. Needs some tender love and care to bring it back to its glory. Living room, formal dining room, Large Eat-In Kitchen and full bath on Main Floor. Upstairs are 3 Bedrooms and a Large storage closet. Wood floors under carpets and linoleum. Partial unfinished basement, large garage, large out building out back, and out house. Pool has no liner, not represented in running order." Offered at $279,000. 3 Bedrooms; 1 Bath; backs up to protected Wertheim Wildlife Refuge; wood floors under linoleum; 0.33 Acres; Built in 1850; Taxes: $5046.