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Archeological Site 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.  Included in this category are sites for which some documentation may exist but are no longer extant often with little or no modern evidence at the site.

Sites which have a suffix of "S" are supplemental sites not included in the original surveys. 

Archeological Site Inventory Form

The William Rose - Charles Sweezey House

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

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Inventory Code:  Br27A.1-S  
  Prepared Date:  6/22/2003
  Revised Date:  6/22/2003
Submitter Name:  John Deitz
Submitter Address: 7 Locust Rd.

Brookhaven, NY 11719
1-Site Name:    The William Rose - Charles Sweezey House
2a-County:  Suffolk 2b-Town:  Brookhaven 2c-Village: Hamlet of Brookhaven  
3-Location:  Northeast corner of Beaver Dam and Fire Place Neck Roads
   4a-Public Site    4b-Private Site
4-Present Owner:    5a-Address: 
Historic and Architectural Importance
One of the early homes now destroyed.

This house is said to have been one of the settings in Louise Forsslund's novel Ship of Dreams. Louise Forsslund was a Sayville native who wrote novels placed in the Mastic and Brookhaven Hamlet areas, with characters closely drawn on the residents. Her second novel Ship Of Dreams published in 1902 mixes and matches thinly disguised members of the Tangier Smith family along with area locals. It is said that it was so closely drawn that the last Smith heirs looked into a possible lawsuit. Forsslund aka Louise Foster lived for a time in Brookhaven Hamlet near Squassux Landing and gathered the long told folk tales of the fisherman and other locals
6- Description, Condition, Evidence of Site

This home stood on the north east corner of Beaver Dam Road and Fireplace Neck Road, destroyed about 1920. The smaller part was the home of William Rose, born 1807 and married Everline Platt. He sold the old Rose homestead and much property to J. L. Ireland in 1841.

Mary, his first daughter married Charles Sweezey, a bayman and he built the larger part of the house. He became post master of Fireplace in 1853 and was known as a "copper head" during the Civil War.

Before the St. James Church was built the Episcopalians held their meetings in this house.

A fireplace from the house is believed to be built into the Thomas Morrow home.

 6a-Standing Ruins

 6b-Cellar Hole with Walls  

 6c-Surface Traces Visible  6d-Walls Without Cellar Hole
 6e-Under Cultivation  6f-Erosion
 6g-Underwater  6h-No Visible Evidence
7- Collection of Material from Site
 7a- Surface Hunting By Whom:    Date:  
 7b-Testing By Whom:  Date:  
 7c-Excavation By Whom:  Date: 
7e-Present Repository of Materials  
8- Prehistoric Cultural Affiliation or Date
9-Historical Documentation of Site
10- Possibility of Site Destruction or Disturbance
Said to have been destroyed by fire about 1920-1924.  «»
12- Map Location
    [If an original form, the source map images were not reproducible.]
12a- 7 1/2 Minute Quad. Name: 
12b- 15 Minute Quad. Name:   
12c- U.S.G.S Coordinates:   
12d- D.O.T. Coordinates:  (if known):   
Other Maps:   
13- Photographs
  Photos and images  
Supplemental Material

1858, 1873, 1888 maps and photographs at Post-Morrow

"Early Photographs of the Hamlet of Brookhaven Collected by George Perley Morse 1945-1959." Repository: Post-Morrow Foundation.

Prepared By
  John Deitz