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A Brief History of Upper Brookville, NY

The personal injury lawyers in Upper Brookville, NY, at Banville Law have sponsored the following presentation highlighting the village and its history.

Upper Brookville

The community is a village located in the Town of Oyster Bay in Nassau County, along Long Island, in New York. Neighboring communities include Old Brookville, Muttontown, Mill Neck, and Locust Valley. Northern Boulevard travels across the southern section while Chicken Valley Road helps form the northern border. 


In 1932, the community was incorporated as a village. It was named after a brook that ran along the main road at the time, Wolver Hollow. Even though the town is located below the surrounding areas, prominent resident Hope Goddard Iselin disputed the naming of the site Lower Brookville, exclaiming, "I refuse to live in lower anything. If you must call it something, and I suppose you must call it Upper Brookville."

Historical Landmarks & Museums

In the northern region of the village, within the Hope Goddard Iselin Preserve, is the Coe Hall Historic House Museum. The estate dates back before the 1920s and has preserved much of the art, architecture, and landscape of the time. The Olmsted Brothers originally landscaped the grounds. Many of the features found on the 409 acres include:

  • greenhouses
  • rolling lawns
  • formal gardens
  • woodland paths
  • numerous plant collections

Planting Fields is one of the few surviving estates on the island with its original acreage and buildings. The Coe Hall House is a 65-room Tudor Revival mansion. Alexander Walker and Leon Gillette designed the mansion. In 1913, it was owned by William Robertson Coe and his wife, Mai Rogers Coe. Mai was an heiress and daughter of Henry Huttleston Rogers, one of the partners of Standard Oil. W.R. Coe was born in England but made his fortune in the United States as a large marine insurance company chairman. The interior showcases the artistry and craftsmanship with features such as the original ironwork commissioned by Samuel Yellin. Additionally, murals by Robert Winthrop Chanler and Everett Shinn adorn the walls. The Coe's desired their home to resemble a 400-year-old English manor. They even included

  • two greenhouses
  • a large hay barn with stables
  • a landscape designed by the Olmsted Brothers
  • a circular pool 

Another historical landmark within the village is the Elmcroft Estate. Located off Mill River Road, the historic mansion was built in 1918 by Frank C B Page. Page was the president of EW Bliss Machine Works. The 38-room mansion was home to the Governor of New York, Nathan L. Miller, from 1921 until 1922. The Soviet Union purchased the property in 1952 to use as a retreat for their diplomats. 


In 2000, 1,801 residents helped to create 568 households and 483 families. The racial composition of the community included the following:

  • 83.23% White
  • 5.66% African American
  • 0.11% Native American
  • 7.22% Asian
  • 0.39% from other races
  • 3.39% from two or more races
  • 5.33% Hispanic or Latino of any race

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Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: December 15, 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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