|Friday, Jul 24, 2009|
While flags were waving and crowds gathered for Fourth of July weekend picnics and fireworks, Fire Island National Seashore delayed its celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence until August 2. That was the date in 1776 that William Floyd and three other New York delegates actually placed their signatures on this historic document. On Sunday, August 2, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., a ranger at the William Floyd Estate in Mastic Beach will offer a half-hour chat about the life and accomplishments of William Floyd.
William Floyd (1734-1821) was one of fifty-six men who risked their lives to defy the British by signing their names to the Declaration of Independence. At age 41, Floyd was the youngest of New York's four signers, and the only signer from Suffolk County. A wealthy property owner and local politician, William Floyd was born in the Old Mastic House, now a part of the William Floyd Estate at Fire Island National Seashore.
The William Floyd Estate is open for the season, Friday through Sunday and on holidays, through November 15, 2009. For more information, contact the William Floyd Estate at 631-399-2030.