The Yaphank Historical Society is committed to preserve Yaphank’s historic houses, properties, and historic documents and we feel that obtaining state and national recognition for the Historic District is a significant step forward in our preservation efforts. These registers are the official lists of buildings, structures, districts, objects, and sites significant to the history, architecture, archaeology, engineering and culture of New York State and the nation. The Yaphank Historic District is home to over 30 historic houses and numerous other historic buildings, ruins, sites, cemeteries, and historic markers. Several of our historic homes are already listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Robert & Isabella Hawkins House, Booth House Museum, Homan-Gerard House and St. Andrews Episcopal Church.
A Walking Tour of the Yaphank Historic District
Yaphank’s Main Street is home to over 30 historic houses, and numerous other historic buildings, ruins, sites, cemeteries, and historic markers.
Start your walk at the Swezey-Avey House parking lot.
Carmans River Nature Trail & Sanctuary
John Homan, with the permission of Brookhaven Town in 1762, dammed the Carmans River to construct a saw mill. In 1771, Daniel Homan added a grist mill and a bolting mill. The Homan family lived in this house while operating the mills. Daniel Homan sold the mills to Robert Hawkins in 1821. During these years, the village was known as Millville.
Start your walk at the Homan-Gerard House parking lot.