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All About Brookville, NY

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The personal injury attorneys in Brookville, NY, at Banville Law present this article to provide detailed historical information about the village.

Brookville is is a village located in the town of Oyster Bay in Nassau County, New York. The village spans 3.96 square miles and hosts an approximate population of 3,465 with a population density of 913.35 per square mile.

Geographic History

Brookville was formed in two stages. The Brookville village was incorporated in 1931 and at the time, it only consisted of a narrow tract of land that was centered along Cedar Swamp Road. It wasn't until the 1950s when the northern part of the area, known as Wheatley Hills at the time, was incorporated into the village which nearly doubled the village's landmass.

The town of Oyster Bay purchased what is known today as Brookville in the mid-17th century. For the majority of the 19th century, the village was named Tappentown after a prominent family of the area. It wasn't until after the Civil War that Brookville became the preferred name and was used on 1873 maps.

For nearly two centuries, Brookville was a farm and woodland backwater. However, in the early 20th century wealthy New Yorkers moved into the village and began to build lavish mansions.  By the mid-1920s, the village was composed of 22 estates.

The Broadhollow Estate

One of the most prominent estates in Brookville was the Broadhollow, owned by attorney-banker- diplomat Winthrop W. Aldrich. The 108-acre spread estate held a 40-room manor house and stunning wooded areas.

Following Aldrich's ownership,  Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt Jr. became the second owner of The Broadhollow estate. Vanderbuilt Jr., a member of the prominent Vanderbilt family, was the owner of the Belmont and Pimlico racetracks.

A neighboring estate holder, Marjorie Merriweather Post, daughter of cereal creator Charles William Post, and her husband Edward Francis Hutton, the famous financier, built a lavish 70-room mansion on 178 acres. The estate was named Hillwood and in 1931, the estate owners joined together to win village incorporation. At the time, they felt the land was undesirable and lacked commercial development.

In 1947, the post-estate was sold to Long Island University for its C. W. Post campus. The campus is commonly recognized as the home of the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.

Also built on former estates is the DeSeversky Conference Center of the New York Institute of Technology. The center was formerly Templeton, the mansion of socialite and businessman Winston Guest.

Notable Persons

Along with Brookville's rich history, the village has hosted a number of notable residents.  Including,

  • Winthrop W. Aldrich, U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom
  • Marc Anthony, singer
  • Arthur Scott Burden, president of Burden Iron Works
  • Joseph E. Davies, second U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union
  • Angie Dickinson, actress
  • Alfred I. du Pont, inventor, philanthropist
  • Prince Felix and the Royal Family of Luxembourg

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Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: May 11, 2021
Laurence P. Banville is the managing partner of Banville Law. As an experienced personal injury attorney, Mr. Banville helps clients recover compensation from those responsible for his clients' injuries. Our firm is located in New York City, serving clients from the five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
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