BRECKNOCK HALL, 1857, Greenport
Brecknock Hall is one of Long Island’s most superb examples of 19th century Italianate stone architecture. It was constructed between 1851 and 1857 as the family residence for David Gelston Floyd (1802-1893). Floyd was the grandson of William Floyd, Long Island’s signer of the Declaration of Independence.
A prominent politician and merchant, David G. Floyd founded the ship chandlery of Floyd & Skillman in nearby Greenport where his own “personal” whaling fleet, including the ships Italy, Pioneer, and Prudent, was stationed. He named his new home Brecknock Hall in loving tribute to Brecknockshire, Wales, the ancestral home county of the Floyds. — Plaque at site.
Photographs copyright Jeff Heatley.