The Knapps lived there

I’ve always had a keen interest in history, but there’s nothing like a big old empty mansion down the street to get you thinking about who might have lived in it and why it’s empty now. Ken Spooner used to live right next to one such old house, and he’s spent a lot of time compiling information about the Knapps, a family from the town of Mastic where he grew up, their neighbors and friends, their work and personal interests. He intends (according to a couple emails I’ve had from him) to turn the accumulated information into a book someday, but in the meantime you can enjoy reading his stories of old Mastic of the turn of the last century up until the early 1960s online. He’s got a lot of awesome pictures that readers have donated toward the cause over the years, and his pages are laid out to be easy on the eyes as you scroll back through time.