Holiday Beach is an area
of residential development within Center Moriches comprised of 507 home sites, all of which have a deeded easement to use
the beach and boat ramp at the end of Old Neck Road. What is Holiday Beach Property Owners Association? Holiday Beach Property
Owners Association owns and manages the beach and boat ramp, the marina, and the Masury Estate Ballroom that serves as the
Association clubhouse. The 2013 mandatory beach easement maintenance fee of $155.00 is collected from
all Holiday Beach property owners by the H.B.P.O.A. All easement holders may also become members of the H.B.P.O.A. for an
additional yearly membership fee ($145.00 for 2013). The membership fee helps preserve and restore the
beautiful and historically significant Masury Ballroom, and the marina. The annual membership fee also helps to make possible
wonderful events such as Breakfast with Santa, Easter Egg Hunt, the Volunteer Breakfast and many more. Furthermore,
H.B.P.O.A. members are allowed to keep a boat at the marina (providing space is available) for a relatively small fee, rent
the clubhouse for personal and family affairs, and most important, H.B.P.O.A. members have a voice and a vote in the business
of the Association. The H.B.P.O.A. is a small community within a larger one. It works to improve our neighborhood, and to
keep it safe for Holiday Beach families. It also keeps us informed, introduces us as neighbors and brings us closer together
as friends. Finally, the Association allows a break from the stress and commotion of daily life and unites us as a community.
Please become an integral part of our community by becoming a member of the H.B.P.O.A. today. You may call 878-6373 for any
additional information. Our mailing address is PO Box 299 - Center Moriches, NY 11934. Directions to the Masury Estate - Click
on our Web Site Links Panel.
The Moriches area has had many large estates. According to The Illustrated History of the Moriches Bay Area by Van
and Mary Field, the largest in Center Moriches was undoubtedly the Masury Estate located between West Senix (Mud) Creek and
the Forge River. John W. Masury made his fortune manufacturing paint. He invented and patented several paint industry innovations,
including a water cooled method for grinding pigments and the familiar lip closure on paint cans. In the late 1800s, J. W.
Masury bought large areas in and around Center Moriches. First, a summer cottage was built on the Forge River. Later, the
land on Masury Point was developed. Formal gardens, pools and an extensive farm which included a large family home, staff
homes, barn, stable, hunting lodge, gate house, stable house and windmill to supply all of the buildings with pumped water
through underground pipes. In 1898, after John Masury's death, his widow Grace Masury built another large summer house near
the mouth of the West Senix (Mud) Creek facing the Moriches Bay. The house had a separate recreation wing which housed a bowling
alley, billiard room, card room, solarium and ballroom. After Grace Masury's death in 1932, the family still used the house
as a summer home until the Hurricane of 1938. The main house was ruined and the recreation wing severely damaged. The recreation
wing was rebuilt. Today it is owned and maintained by the Holiday Beach Property Owners Association. The building is on the
National, State and Town registers of historic sites.