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Going east along the north shore of the Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, Long Island, is the town of Stony Brook.

Stony Brook, NY

For a 1917 Three Village area and Stony Brook map, click here
Sources of history include The Three Village Guidebook, by Howard Klein, Three Village Historical Society, 1976; Echoes of the Past, by Kathleen Fullam, 1962; and Stony Brook Secrets, by Edward A. Lapham, 1942; Images of America, Stony Brook, 2003, Three Village Historical Society.

Stony Brook Hotel Stony Brook Hotel"Stony Brook Hotel. James Ayers Prop." On the corner where 25A turns to Setauket. The cafe sign says "Welz & Zerweck Export Beer." Right: Mailed in 1909 - a similar photo view is here. An 1925 ad is here, and a similar vintage here. The hotel, minus the top two floors, became the Melville's first Carriage Museum in 1952, and was replaced in 1968.

Left: "D. T. Bayles & Son, Stony Brook, Sawing, Plaining and Moulding Mill." These buildings were across the street from the Stony Brook Hotel. The card was printed between 1907 and 1918 by R. S. Feather of Smithtown. Right: the Bayles store on Main Street. The Hotel can be seen at the end of the street.

Stony Brook Hook and Ladder "Stony Brook Hook and Ladder" This is not a professionally published card. It was printed after 1907. That makes sense since the Stony Brook Fire Department was not formed until after the fire in 1909 at the Bayles and Son Lumber Yard. The rebuilt structures are now the History Museum, carriage storage and store across from the Carriage Museum on 25A.

Bridge Stony Brook Mill Pond IslandLeft "Lake" and right, "The Mill Pond, Stony Brook" mailed in 1909. The bridge in both views went from the mainland to the small island where there was once a house. The island is labeled "Low Island" on some old maps. The bridge is gone.

Stony Brook Grist Mill c 1913 "The Mill, Stony Brook, N. Y." The addition at the back and the cover to the wheel were not original and were removed after Ward Melville purchased it in 1947. It operated a mail order business until about that time. Mailed in 1913.

Stony Brook Mill Stony Brook Mill 2002"The Old Grist Mill, Stony Brook" Published by Zimmerlein's Pharmacy after 1940. Right: Photo, taken in March, 2002, shows the mill without the addition at the back, but otherwise very much the same. For a picture showing the front of the mill in August of 2001, click here. For an enlargement of the sign, click here.

Road by the Creek Left: "Road by The Creek, Stony Brook" looking towards the mill from the Head of the Harbor side. The steeple probably belongs to the Episcopal Church. Right: "East Farm" 1909 - it's actually on the same side of the creek as the path at the left. See an architectural article.

Mouth of the Creek Stony Brook Mouth of Creek Stony BrookLooking across the mill creek towards where the Hercules pavilion is now located. Right: two differently cropped cards of same view merged. Right: "'Mouth of the Creek,' Stony Brook, N. Y." mailed in 1915. The buildings along this section of Main street were all either moved or torn down. At the right is the old Edward Oakes home and barn.

Hercules Figurehead, Stony Brook, May 2002 Whale Boat, Stony BrookAt the left is a photograph of Hercules in his pavilion, taken in May, 2002. The plaque says, "Hercules; Figurehead from U.S.S. Ohio; Built at Brooklyn Navy Yard 1820; Dismantled at Greenport 1884; Presented by Cornellius N. Van Pattern and Thomas L. O'Donnell." Behind it is the whale boat shown at right when it was next to the old Suffolk Museum building (now the Garden Club Exchange). It was built in 1871 for the U. S. S. Polaris. The card back says, "The Polaris sank in 1873, leaving the Whale Boat exposed in the Arctic elements until 1906, when Admiral Peary brought it back..." For more on Hercules at Good Ground (Hampton Bays), click here.

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