THE CRANBERRY COTTAGE
Floyd / Robert / Lanier / Lawson
/ Calabro Estate
I got an e mail the other day from an Eric
Mowby of Mastic Beach. A young man of 28, he wrote to tell me
about his 1980's Mastic Beach childhood experiences that seemed
to parallel mine in the '50's. His "Knapp Mansion" was
the boarded up Richard Floyd / Robert / Bayview Hospital estate.
Eric was around the same age as I was when I saw the Knapp Mansion
destroyed by fire, when he saw Bayview burn to the ground. A lifelong
resident of the Beach his parents bought an old house on Cranberry
Drive and then another one on Diana Drive that he now is restoring.
When he saw the webpages on Doctors Point and
particularly the photo of the Red Barn he realized that his
houses were most likely a part of that estate.
I was more than happy to tell him they most certainly were connected
and when he gave me the address' 160 Cranberry Dr and 143 Diana
Dr ., I looked at my 1925 survey map and there they are! He followed
up with these photos......and it really is nice to know that there
is a bit more left to the Robert estate than just the
outhouse in the Messinetti backyard on Bayview. Not that there's
anything wrong with that!
The House Pics Will Enlarge If You
Click On Them
The East front that faces 160 Cranberry
It appears that this "cottage"
as it is noted on the survey was built around the late 19th Century
The North & West Faces
The Gazebo that has a basement (root
cellar or ice house?) in the backyard
143 Diana Dr
diagonally North West behind the
Cranberry cottage it appears that this building may be
the carriage house noted on the
survey map, that I initially thought was the original location
the " Red Barn "
PART OF THE 1925 SURVEY OF DOCTORS
The "Cottage" is 160 Cranberry
Dr and I believe the "Carriage House" is 143 Diana
On my last visit I was able to get
copies of the deeds of the successive owners of "Doctors
Point" going all the way back to 1835 which was the first
deed drawn up after Richard Floyd abandoned the estate when his
side lost the Revolutionary War. I will be posting some transcriptions
from the documents and history about the different owners in the
SEE THE MAIN HOMESTEAD & MORE
ON DOCTORS POINT