Syosset Then and Now: Tragic Estate

Can you identify this central Syosset estate?

The bustling little Long Island town of Syosset has had many facelifts over the years. Original structures have been remodeled and replaced, leaving just a shadow of the good old days of horse-drawn carriages and general stores.

But if you look closely, sometimes you can see old Syosset hidden among the new constructions. We'll be bringing you back to the old Syosset with the help of Syosset Scrapbook and helpful photo donors.

Can you name this centrally located Syosset estate? These beautiful grounds that often saw swans gliding through the glassy waters was the location of a WWII-era tragedy, just days after Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected.

Give us your best historic guesses in the comments below!

Syosset Mrs. August 09, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Mr. Tod supported the Thomas E. Dewey campaign against FDR in 1944. Two days after the election, Tod shot and killed himself in his bedroom just as his daughter, Katharine, was approaching his door. (ain't the internet wonderful!!)
Heather Doyle August 10, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Great conversation everyone! We just posted the answer and this week's question here: http://patch.com/A-wQCJ
Genevieve Swiencki Frink August 11, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Genevieve Swiencki Frink Yes I agree with my brothers comments of the estate for I also was born in the house on the estate from 1932 & lived there till my father died in the late 1950's. I remember that day very well. It was great fun living there.
Genevieve Swiencki Frink August 11, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Genevieve Swiencki Frink Anything I can say or do to remember the good old days in Syosset & living on the Tod Estate I can certainly give my thoughts & opions on any matter that can help your research of the past.
jms August 11, 2012 at 08:25 PM
In the 1970's Leon Cohen and his wife (owners of then Fox Hollow Inn) lived in the 'inn' structure on Penny Pond -- massive 6' hearth included. The original site dating to late 19th Century was where horse drawn carriages change teams from NYC to further east on Hempstead Tpke. Of interest, the stable across the road was used by Jackie Bouvier on the many riding paths in the area. Also note that the nearest house during the Tod era at the corner of Burtis Lane and 'New Burtis' is the August Belmont 3-story manor house (with 6 fireplaces) - now winerized and restored. These are mentioned in oldlongisland website with great photos.


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