On August 9, 2008 I visited this Suffolk County Park. The buildings in the park are on the National Register of Historic Places. I had never been here before. In fact, I was ignorant of its existence. What a beautiful park!
The Historic District part of the park is located by the “back” entrance of the park. Several buildings are easily accessible from the parking lot. The Grist Mill, Miller’s House and Stump Pond are all accessible via a staircase.
The Blydenburgh / Weld House was built in 1821 and added onto in the 1860’s.
The Caretaker’s Cottage is Gothic Revival in the style of Andrew Jackson Downing. It was probably built in the 1870’s, but I could not find an exact date.
The Ice House was built in the late Nineteenth Century.
The Miller’s House was built between 1801 – 1803. It is Federalist in style.
I’m not sure how I managed it, but somehow I did not get a picture of the entire Grist Mill! The Mill dates from 1798 and a second floor was added to it sometime in the late Nineteenth Century. A Saw Mill stood next to the Grist Mill and a Fulling Mill was built near-by in 1827. The Grist Mill is the only Mill that survives today.
Stump Pond is one of the largest inland bodies of water on Long Island – at 180 acres. It was created by the Blydenburgh Family in 1798 by placing a dam at the headwaters of the Nissequogue River, near where three streams joined to form the river. This was done to set up the Mill complex. It is hard to believe that this beautiful tract of land and this beautiful pond was once the industrial center of Smithtown.