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Museum: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
General William Floyd
General William Floyd
The descendant of Welsh farmers, William Floyd was born December 17, 1734 at Brookhaven, Long Island, New York. His father died when he was young, leaving him a moderate sized farm, but putting an end to his education. As an adult, he embraced the cause of independence, becoming a New York delegate to the first Continental Congress in 1774 and continued as a delegate to the Congress until 1782, in which capacity he was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. After the war, he was appointed major general of the Long Island militia. He married twice and had 5 children before passing away in 1821 at age 87.

Ralph Earl began his career as a well-known Massachusetts portrait painter. Oddly, while his father was a colonel in the Revolutionary army, Ralph was a Loyalist. In 1778, he abandoned his wife and child and fled to England. Working as a portraitist in the studio of Benjamin West, he married an Englishwoman despite never having dissolved his first marriage. In 1786, he returned to America and resumed painting portraits of prominent figures, but was imprisoned for debt in September of that year. He continued to paint portraits in prison and was finally released in 1788. He died, most probably of alcoholism, in 1801.