From Central Park Historical Society Encyclopedia
The name McConochie became familiar in the 1840's. A retired sea captain, sometimes known as the 'Baron of Bethpage" he was very active in the real estate market. For a time he owned most of central Bethpage. His most memorable purchase was the land surrounding Central and Stewart Avenues. The land included a three story mansion which later was to become the famous Beau Sejour restaurant. McConochie was forced to sell most of his properties in l908 due to economic conditions caused by the gold rush.
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