Fort Neck House
40 Harbor Lane, Massapequa Park, Nassau County, New York
Built in 1770, by Judge David Jones for his son, Judge Thomas Jones (1731-1792) and Thomas' wife, Anna DeLancey (1746-1817) whose niece was married to the author James Fenimore Cooper of Otsego Hall. Standing on 6,000-acres accumulated by Thomas' grandfather before his death in 1713, it was named Tryon House in honor of the Colonial Governor of New York, William Tryon but after Jones was expelled from America for his Loyalist sympathies it became known as Fort Neck House. Built of solid oak and 3-stories high, it had a frontage of 90-feet and faced the Great South Bay. It was home to seven generations of the Jones/Floyd-Jones family until 1900 and burned down in 1940....
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During the winter, Thomas and Anna lived at Fort Pitt. This was their summer home, with ceilings 14-feet high. The great Entrance Hall was 36-feet long by 23-wide and over the door leading to the stairs was a large pair of antlers presented by Sir William Johnson, taken from a buck in the Mohawk Valley. One one side of the hall was a large dining room, and a living room on the other side "both of correspondingly liberal dimensions". Behind these reception rooms was the library, kitchen, and a butler's pantry. The second floor had six bedrooms and three bathrooms. Four servant rooms occupied the third floor.
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Contributed by Mark Meredith on 02/01/2020 and last updated on 05/01/2020.
New York Heritage Digital Collections; Thomas Jones, Fort Neck, Queen's County, Long Island, and His Descendants, the Floyd-Jones Family (1906); Tryon House, by George Kirchmann, 2013
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