Blydenburgh Park Historic District – Smithtown, NY

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.

Blydenburgh / Weld House

Blydenburgh / Weld House

The Blydenburgh / Weld House was built in 1821 and added onto in the 1860’s.

Caretakers Cottage

Caretaker's Cottage

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.

Tool Shed

Ice House

The Ice House was built in the late Nineteenth Century.

Ice House

Barn / Tool Shed

Farm Equipment

Farm Equipment

Horse Pasture

Horse Pasture

Millers House

Miller's House

The Miller’s House was built between 1801 – 1803. It is Federalist in style.

Side View, Grist Mill

Side View, Grist Mill

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 - As viewed from Stairs to Grist Mill

Stump Pond - As viewed from Stairs to Grist Mill

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.



Filed under Long Island Historic Homes

10 responses to “Blydenburgh Park Historic District – Smithtown, NY

  1. The Blydenburgh -Weld House (1821) is the LIGBTC Headquarters in BlydenburghCountyPark. David Weld, a successful Manhattan Investment banker, bought the estate (Now the Park) from the Blydenburgh’s in 1936. The Blydenburgh’s owned the homes, the mill and land from the late 1700’s to 1936. The Welds owned the land until 1963 when a test of wills between David Weld and Robert Moses ended with the land becoming a CountyPark.
    William Floyd Weld, son of David and his mother, Mary Floyd Weld, (a direct descendant of William Floyd, a signer of the Declaration of Independence), grew up in a Gatsby like world of Long Island before he moved to Massachusetts. He served as Governor of that state from 1990 through 1996. His political base in Massachusetts included the law firm of Hill & Barlow, the Boston firm that defended Sacco and Vanzetti. William Weld’s ex-wife, Susan Roosevelt, is President Teddy Roosevelt’s great granddaughter.

  2. Danielle

    My Grandma was the Blydenburgh’s heir to this estate, but her husband of the time basically denied her to even speak of her Jewish heritage. She loved that estate and would have laid claim to it, had she not believed her husband would interfere, if you please. I love that the Weld family rook care of it and then sold it back to the state, to be preserved for all time. I also would have loved for it to be in the family, but of course, we never knew until many years later…the story in it’s entirety. I was just there last summer with my family and it is truly beautiful! Thanks for the post and the pictures!

  3. Danielle

    Correction in spelling above: “Rook” should be “took”. LOL!

  4. Diana Vespoli

    How do I get to the Blydenburgh House, I would like a tour.

  5. I lived on Cygnet Drive, bordering the park, from 1962 – 1985; It was my back yard ! What a lucky kid.

    • Mary Ellen (Hunt) Shouler

      Hi Ed
      I lived down the block from you….Mary Ellen Hunt….and enjoyed the park also. Alot of hand blown bottles and arrowheads were found in the 1960’s….. teasure hunt for kids….. 🙂

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