From its founding in 1852 to its rapid and extensive growth as a suburban bedroom community in the 20th century, Brentwood has always been an area undergoing struggle, change and development. In this new pictorial history the scenes of days gone past allow for modern readers to get a better understanding of this unique history. Images culled from the Brentwood Public Library, the Long Island Psychiatric Museum at Pilgrim Psychiatric Center, the Sisters of St. Joseph and the James Fordyce Collection provide and in-depth look into Brentwood’s past.
Author Jason Adam Klosowicz includes information on how the Long Island Rail Road ushered in a diverse immigrant community, which had a pivotal role in the area’s history. He also discusses Brentwood’s origins as an anti-government colony rejecting Victorian society, money and religion in favor of socialism and free love, demonstrating that it was an early community of free thinkers and philosophers. By focusing on both the well-known and unknown stories of the past, Klosowicz hopes to encourage appreciation of the past and preserve Brentwood’s historic landmarks and heritage.
Highlights of Brentwood include:
•Catalogs the rise of the Brentwood Union Free School District from a one room school house, to one of the largest districts in the state of New York.
•Images of several different railroad stations that operated throughout the community.
•A chapter on the Pilgrim State Psychiatric Hospital.
•A glimpse into the history of the Convent and Academy of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
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