August Hawkins and his sister Prudence around 1900

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Historical Sketches

In this section are presented talks,  "sketches,"  newspaper clippings, research papers, etc. on Brookhaven and South Haven hamlets history.  Many of these pieces are linked to sites in the Historic Sites Inventory database. There is a companion section, Biographical Sketches, that focuses on people.

19th
Century
1813 Calamity Long Island Forum (pdf) in which 12 local men lost their lives in a fishing incident off Fire Island
Who Were the Men Lost in the Calamity
Versions of the Story
20th
Century
1938 Hurricane
Fatal Fire, 31 May 1947
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B Brookhaven Bellport Bath, Bottle and Boating Society
Brook House - C. Oliver Wellington
Brookhaven Village Association History
C Old Carman Homestead Razed
Old Cemeteries of Brookhaven and South Haven Hamlets
Brookhaven Congregational Church Minutes (1848)
D ♦ Diaries
  Augustus Andrew Hawkins Diary 1880-1892 (pdf)
Augustus Andrew Hawkins Diary 1892-1904 (pdf)
Irma D. Newey Diary
Mrs. H. M. Raynor's DiaryHannah Reeve Raynor lived in Brookhaven Hamlet for much of her later adult life.  She faithfully maintained a simple diary from 1883 to 1906.  While at first it appears to be just a daily weather report, as one reads on a sense of her daily life and the routine of the community develops.  Included are photocopies of the original pages and a linked annotated transcript prepared by Charles Raynor.
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F Fatal Fire, 31 May 1947
Fire Place as Historic District:  1985 essay by Arthur Danto
Old Inlet and Fire Place Beach Clubs History by Bob Starke
G "Goin' Over" of the Connecticut or Carman's River, South Haven
Tragic Death of Ira Gordon  ...  And who was Col. Edward Green—the back story?
Guest Houses
H Osborne Shaw's History of Brookhaven/Fire Place
History of Brookhaven hamlet - A dialog by Janet Reddall & Alfred Nelson
Old Inlet and Fire Place Beach Clubs History by Bob Starke
Honor Roll - Brookhaven and South Haven Hamlets   Revolutionary War to Present
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K KKK Flairs Up on On Long Island
Frederick Kost's Salt Haying
L History of Locust Road by Susan David
Long Island Railroad
  1958:  PSC Decision [to allow closing of stations] Brings Up Colorful History of B'haven, E'port, EM Stations
  • 1959: Mastic Remaining Survivor of Bay Area's RR Stations
M Memorial Park Chain
N History of Brookhaven hamlet - A dialog by Janet Reddall & Alfred Nelson
O Old Inlet and Fire Place Beach Clubs History by Bob Starke
Osborne Shaw's History of Brookhaven/Fire Place
P Post Offices
Prohibition:  Nine Suffolk Resorts Raided
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R Daniel Webster's Big Trout
S Frederick Kost's Salt Haying
St. George's Manor
Old Inlet and Fire Place Beach Clubs History by Bob Starke
♦ Suffolk Club
  Early Suffolk Cub Documents:
—Jones Rogers Fifteen-Year Lease with Samuel Carman for the “Suffolk Association;”
—The Suffolk Club Incorporated Twice—11 Apr 1860, as "Suffolk County Society,"  and 27 Mar 1866, as “The Suffolk Club;”
—“The Suffolk Club” is Conveyed Property, 19 Apr 1866
  Suffolk Club Purchases Hunting Reserve Site from Henry Carman, 1875
T Early Transportation
U Union Dime Club: a 19th century social club
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W Waldron Brothers Garage:  Mechanics of 50 Years Hanging Up the Wrench (1973)
Daniel Webster's Big Trout
Wertheim Wildlife Refuge: “Wertheim bought refuge land piecemeal" (Childs & Erickson) (pdf)
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Y Early History of Yaphank Neck
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