The Jackson family played a valuable part in the history of Nassau County, particularly in Wantagh. Robert Jackson came from Connecticut around 1644 and had acquired land in the area and for three centuries it remained in the family.
Although many Jackson family members were important figures in the Town of Hempstead they were also farmers. The Jackson homestead, which sits on 1542 Wantagh Ave., was built by Samuel Jackson in the mid 18th century and was the main house on the farm. The home was a one and one-half story structure designed in simple colonial fashion.
The home features a main central hearth with a room on each side and a sleeping loft. The entrance, facing Island Road, showcases a six-panel door with a five-light transom and three-pane sidelights as well as columns that frame the stairs. Its six-over-six double-hung sash windows are pure Colonial Revival design.
About a century later Elbert Jackson, an eighth generation descendant, inherited the property and built a large two story addition to the home on its north side. The one-story clapboard porch is held up by three-square columns and has a flat roof. The door sits between two windows similar to the original structure.
The home remained in Elbert’s name until 1884 when he passed away. Since then the property was no longer within the Jackson family. The remaining wing extensions on the north and west side of the home were added later but at different times. They both have a gable roof and are a smaller in size.
The L-shaped home in its entirety clearly represents the Greek Revival style while keeping with the colonial aesthetic. Its original construction still has the stone and brick foundation as well as 12 inch wood shingles showing the traditional nailing pattern of that period. Although it has gone through many additions, the design is cohesive and true to its original style.
This landmark is a great example of how modern developments inspire domestic life. The home has stood the test of time and has proven its importance through its owners. The Jackson family homestead is one of the few historic homes of its kind still standing today. With Wantagh keeping this homestead’s spirit alive we can appreciate it for years to come.