William Floyd Estate

The Old Mastic House viewed from fields on the southeastern portion of the William Floyd Estate
Historic Old Mastic House at the William Floyd Estate

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Discover the William Floyd Estate

The William Floyd Estate is the center of local and national history spanning 250 years seeing change and continuity. The Floyd family name became synonymous with the American Revolutionary war effort. As an active member of the American Revolution, William Floyd was one of four New Yorkers to sign the Declaration of Independence. He devoted himself to public service, in addition to the Floyd family business. The Floyd family grew their enterprise as affluent merchants and landowners in the town of Brookhaven, New York as early as the 17th century.  By 1718, the Floyd’s acquired 4, 400 acres, in which Nicoll Floyd built the family’s ancestral home, the Old Mastic House, and ran a prosperous Northern plantation, which was passed down to William Floyd and later generations. Over the years, the Estate became a summer home and eventually donated to the National Park Service’s Fire Island National Seashore unit in 1975.  
 
The Estate’s long family history is not the only aspect to make this place notable. Enslaved, indentured, and indigenous people are the thread that sewed together the Floyd’s family successes. Their skill and labor played an integral role in the operations of the Floyd’s plantation, and lucrative industries, such as whaling, that defined the family’s local history at Mastic Beach. The experiences of the enslaved, indentured, and indigenous have left a legacy on this historical landscape. The presence of the enslaved, indentured, and indigenous laborers at the Estate contradicts William Floyd’s participation in the fight for freedom and independence. Shedding light on our nation’s controversial past by interpreting well rounded stories allows us, as a people, to reconcile the past to create a more equitable future.  
 
 
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Know Before You Go

Right in Mastic Beach, locals and visitors alike, can explore the Estate grounds, trails, twelve outbuildings, family cemetery, and enslaved crosses, no fee required. Currently, the Old Mastic House is closed to the public for renovations. Visitors are welcome to explore the Estate grounds.

The William Floyd Estate is open 7 days a week from 9 am- 4pm from May 1st to last Sunday of November. There is no visitor center, but visitors can find a ranger at the Green Building contact station adjacent to the Old Mastic House. Visitors have access to bathrooms and picnic tables, which can be found in the parking lot. The William Floyd Estate does not provide refreshments, but visitors may bring their own. Additional amenities can be found nearby in Mastic Beach.

Nestled on 613 acres, the Estate provides 2.5 miles of flat terrain, marked trails, Blue, Yellow, and Red for walking and biking. The Blue trail, 1.33 miles goes along Home’s Creek and through wooded areas. The Red, .66 miles, and Yellow, .57 trails pass though fields and woods. There are additional unmarked trails. A map of the trails is posted in the parking lot and can be provided to you by a ranger on site.

 
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The site is ideal for birding, especially during spring and fall migration, attracting a variety of bird species, such as warblers, and providing a habitat for common backyard birds, hawks, and owls year round. The Estate is dog friendly, but must be on a leash 6 feet or shorter.

Looking for more? Visit our other site, the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness Visitor Center, a federally protected wilderness area which also provides beach access. Located just minutes away from the William Floyd Estate

Check out our calendar of events to attend a ranger led program or participate in pop ups and activities.
 

Getting There

The William Floyd Estate is located at 245 Park Drive, Mastic Beach, NY 11951 (40.773666, -72.829887)

By car: Take Exit 68 from the Long Island Expressway (I-495) or Exit 58S from Sunrise Highway (NY-27E) onto the William Floyd Parkway (Route 46). Take Route 46 approximately three miles south to Havenwood Drive traffic light. Make a left onto Havenwood Drive which turns into Neighborhood Road. Continue approximately 2 miles east to end of Neighborhood Road. Turn left onto Park Drive. The park entrance is located approximately 1/4 mile on your right. Onsite parking is available.

By Bus: Use Suffolk County Transportation line route S66 to Whittier Dr/Queens Road stop. Then walk northwest of Whittier Drive. Make a right onto Queens Drive, then a right onto Washington Drive. Turn left onto Garden Drive, which becomes Park Drive. This is about a 15 minute walk. If you are coming by bike, bike racks are located in front of the Green Building.
 
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Be Prepared

When visiting the William Floyd Estate protect yourself from pesky pests! Bring bug spray to protect yourself from mosquitoes and ticks. Stay clear of high grass areas and avoid edges of the trail. For extra protection, wear light colored clothing and/or tuck pants into socks. Do a tick check after your visit or when you arrive home. Learn more about ticks here. Although our trails are mostly shady, they lead to large open fields. Protect yourself from the sun with SPF and/or a hat. Bring plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. Water fountains are available in the bathroom.

Recreate Responsibly!

Do your part in protecting natural resources and historic sites. Leave the William Floyd Estate better than you found it by staying on the trails, respecting the land, water, and wildlife. Create an inclusive outdoors by welcoming all identities and abilities and remain understanding, respectful, and open to learning from others.Learn more about recreating responsibly from the National Park Service here.
 

Come #FindYourPark at the William Floyd Estate

For more information please call 631-399-2030.

 

Last updated: November 7, 2022

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Patchogue , NY 11772

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