Ownership History

The house has changed ownership, structure, and purpose often since its construction in 1685. After the Olmsteds sold the property in 1866, the house served as a home to many families, as a boarding house, and as a resort. The last private owners of the house were naturalist and educator Carlton Beil and his wife, Louise, who purchased the house in 1955.

  • Dominie Petrus Tesschenmaker (1685 – 1696)
  • Jacques Poillon (1696 – 1720)
  • John Poillon (1720 – 1733)
  • John Poillon Jr. (1733 – 1802)
  • John and Patience Journeay (c. 1802 – 1812)
  • John and Martha Garretson (1812 – 1839)
  • Samuel Akerly (1839 – 1848)
  • Frederick Law Olmsted (1848 – 1855)
  • John H. Olmsted (1855 – 1866)
  • William Anderson (1866 – 1883) – property divided
  • Erastus Wiman, Eleanor Anne Wiman / Matthias B Smith (1883 – c. 1907) – property divided
  • Eleanor Anne Wiman / Matthias B Smith (1883 – c. 1907) – property divided
  • Nelson P. Lewis – (early 20th century) – property divided
  • Seaside Estates Co, John Hale – (1903 – 1946)
  • John E and Margaret B Cullen (1946 – 1955)
  • Louis C. Sirkus (1955 – 1961) – property divided
  • Carlton and Louise Beil (1955 – 2006)
Frederick Law Olmsted c. 1850
Frederick Law Olmsted, c. 1850.
Photo: Yosemite Research Library
Carlton Beil, 1994. Staten Island Advance Photo: Steve Zaffarano
Carlton Beil, 1994. Staten Island Advance/Steve Zaffarano