Brecknock Hall Foundation
The not-for-profit Brecknock Hall Foundation serves to introduce local residents and visitors to the history of the Floyd family and their contributions to the community, celebrating Brecknock Hall as one of the largest mid-nineteenth century stone mansions ever built on Long Island.
One of Long Island’s most historic examples of 19th-century Italianate architecture, the Hall dates back to 1857, built using the finest materials, workmen, and effects of its time. It served as the family residence of David Gelston Floyd (1802-1893), whaling entrepreneur and grandson of General William Floyd, the only Long Islander to have signed the Declaration of Independence.
The mansion resembles that of William Floyd’s manor home, where David was born. Named in tribute to the family’s ancestral home county of Brecknockshire, Wales; it served as the main house of a 100-acre farm.
“David G. Floyd… was a worthy citizen, popular, esteemed by all who knew him, and his long and active life, now closed, is full of pleasant memories and suggestive of hospitality that was never circumscribed.” — Sag Harbor Corrector April 22, 1893
The Hall was restored to its original splendor in 2008 thanks to the dedication of the not-for-profit Brecknock Hall Foundation and many volunteers who gave the mansion new life. The Brecknock Hall Foundation was created to steward preservation, and in 2005 Brecknock Hall was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Preserved today, Brecknock Hall reflects the maritime wealth of eastern Long Island in the mid-nineteenth century.
The Brecknock Hall Foundation is a New York State 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.
Foundation Board of Trustees
Under the stewardship of an active Board of Trustees, the Brecknock Hall Foundation maintains, repairs, improves, operates, and oversees activities at the historic structure.
Edward Webb, President
Don Russo, Treasurer
Jane Morton, Secretary
*Emeritus: Sylvia Holtzberg & Geoff Fleming
Responsibilities of the Board of Trustees include:
- Advancing the use of Brecknock Hall as a community cultural enrichment hub
- Preservation of historical and natural features
- Maintaining condition and appearance of the structure
- Promoting knowledge of its history and ecology
- Encouraging public and private ventures to support the maintenance and preservation the Hall by booking corporate rentals and guest services for conferences, meetings, and company celebrations