PLATT HOMESTEAD

Program
NYS Historic
Subject
House, People
Location
141 Sunken Meadow Rd, Northport, NY 11768, USA
Lat/Long
40.905648, -73.264412
Grant Recipient
Town of Smithtown
Historic Marker

PLATT HOMESTEAD

Inscription

PLATT HOMESTEAD
HOME OF ZEPHANIAH PLATT,
1704-1778. TAKEN PRISONER
BY BRITISH DURING AMERICAN
REVOLUTION FOR HIDING REBEL
WHALEBOATS IN HIS BARN.
WILLIAM G. POMEROY FOUNDATION 2020

Zephaniah Platt (1704-1778) was taken prisoner in 1776 following the discovery of whale boats in his barn. These boats were allegedly used to harass the British at Long Island during the Revolution. Secondary sources say that Zephaniah Platt, then in his 70s, fell ill while imprisoned and died a short time after his release. A secondary source says this was also the home of Col. Richard Platt, a noted leader of the Revolution, who served in the invasion of Quebec and in other high positions in the Continental Army.