WILLIAM FLOYD ESTATE
Two hundred and fifty years of history are preserved at the William Floyd Estate, which contains architectural features and artifacts from three centuries of American life.
Wertheim National WILDLIFE Refuge
The Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of seven national wildlife refuges, two refuge sub-units and one wildlife management area. Collectively, the ten units are approximately 6,500 acres in size. Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge is home to the refuge complex headquarters and visitor center.
This 2,550 acre refuge on the south shore of Long Island is bisected by the Carmans River; a New York state designated scenic river and one of the largest on the island. Wertheim hosts a variety of habitats including oak-pine woodlands, grasslands and fresh, brackish and salt water wetlands. These habitats attract and support many types of wildlife including white-tailed deer, osprey, muskrat, fox, turtles, frogs and fish. The refuge also serves as a haven for waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors and songbirds.
Manor of St. George
On the large southern tract, a Manor House was built for Colonel "Tangier" Smith Smith's Point overlooking the east end of the Great South Bay. During the Revolutionary War the British confiscated the Manor House and erected a small fort. The location was well suited to protect the eastern end of the Great South Bay and the inlet from the Atlantic Ocean that then existed there. The Fort and Manor were destroyed by Major Benjamin Tallmadge and his dismounted dragoons when they attacked Fort St. George in 1780 and returned to Connecticut with the captured British soldiers. The Manor house was rebuilt after the war. Family legend has it that there were three generations of manor houses—the original house, the house destroyed during the Revolutionary War, and the present house. With its buildings and 127 acres. It is now also a public museum and park. The Manor House and grounds were given to the people of Brookhaven Town and the public at large in 1955 by Eugenie Annie Tangier Smith.
Rita Reich Museum
Beginning on March 10, 2015, the Rita Rech Museum of William Floyd School District History will be open to the public on Board of Education meeting nights from 6-8 pm. Community residents are encouraged to pay a visit to the museum which houses artifacts dating all the way back to the creation of the district in 1833 when it was known as District 32.
Interesting artifacts include a Board of Education ledger with handwritten notes from 1833 through the 1920s; nostalgic uniforms and sporting equipment; technology through the years; press clippings; photos; event programs; student sculptures; trophies and much more. The Rita Rech Museum is located in the high school near the auditorium. Remaining Board of Education meeting dates for this school year are: March 10, March 31, April 22, May 12, June 9 and June 30.
TWA Flight 800 Memorial
The TWA Flight 800 International Memorial and Garden is located adjacent to the Smith Point Pavilion. This site, which opened on July 17, 2002, was designed to honor the victims of the crash of Flight 800 off Fire Island on July 17, 1996.
Otis Pike Fire island National seashore
In the wilderness, you can be free to explore, to discover a natural barrier island ecosystem, to savor the solitude. The Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness offers a barrier island experience like no other.
Be sure to properly prepare for your wilderness experience. There are no venomous snakes on Fire Island to be concerned about, but you're very likely to encounter dense thickets of catbriar and poison ivy, and in warmer weather, vast numbers of salt marsh mosquitoes and ticks. Wearing light-colored clothing and a wide-brimmed hat helps detect ticks and provides protection from the sun. Always be aware of changing weather conditions, tide and ocean conditions and rip currents, and your response to the heat or cold. For your safety, never swim alone.
From March 15 through Labor Day, pets are not permitted in the Fire Island Wilderness area or on the beach in front of the wilderness.
Smith Point County Park
Smith Point, on the Fire Island barrier beach, is a haven for sportsmen, surfers and beach lovers. An extremely popular facility, the park's white sands, rolling Atlantic surf and adjoining camping facility attract Suffolk County residents and tourists each summer season. Reservations are required for all the sites in the campground. All sites have water, and many have electric hookups and sewers. Outer beach camping is available on first come, first served basis, beach conditions permitting. A nationally recognized team of lifeguards makes Smith Point its home base, providing ocean visitors with an extra-special safety feature. Off-road vehicles, with permit only, may drive on the western portion of the outer beach. All beach-goers are advised to respect the marked, protective fencing around the nest sites of endangered shorebirds inhabiting the ocean and bay beaches. Special events are scheduled throughout the summer months at Smith Point County Park.
South Haven County Park
The Carmans River flows through this scenic, pine-oak forested park. Southaven is a popular picnicking site, containing group areas capable of accommodating up to 1,000 people. Southaven's 1,356 acres also offer a bicycle hostel. Boating and freshwater fishing are permitted. Camping is also available, with sites for tents and trailers.
Long Island Steamers
Long Island Live Steamers may well be the best kept secret on Long Island. Although thousands of visitors enjoy visiting and riding on our railroad every year, most Long Islanders have either never heard of us, or if they have, have yet to visit us on one of our "Public Run Days." Since most of our advertising is "word of mouth," those folks who do find us are usually very surprised by how much fun a day with Long Island Live Steamers really is!
CalAbro Airport for Private Aircraft
The Town of Brookhaven’s Division of General Aviation operates and maintains the Brookhaven Calabro Airport. Located on 600 acres in Shirley, New York, this municipal facility handles more than 60,000 annual private aircraft operations (take-offs and landings).
The Brookhaven Airport was constructed during World War II to provide logistical support for U.S. Army Air Corps operations. Following the war, title of the Airport was transferred to New York State. The Town of Brookhaven acquired the Airport in 1961. The Airport was later renamed to honor the memory of Dr. Frank Calabro, an important figure in the development of this facility.
Revolutionary General Nathaniel Woodhull is interred at the Woodhull Family Cemetery located on Neighborhood Road and Lakeview Drive in Mastic Beach.