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Would You Wheel Away This Old Home? [Empty in Aquebogue]

Home on Route 25 in Aquebogue, circa 1870, was built by the same man who built the Aquebogue Congregational Church. However it remains shuttered and vacant.

A drive down Route 25 on the eastern part of town reveals a different glimpse of Riverhead as the Route 25 downtown.

While commercial centers occasionally dot the roadway, and Jamesport hamlet center offers a change of pace, the corridor serves as one of two entrances to the Long Island Wine Trail and beyond that, a busy and historic North Fork agricultural community.

Sitting on the south side of Route 25 in Aquebogue, overlooking farms to the south, rests a vacant farmhouse dating back, so says a local history buff, to the 1870s.

Built by well-known local carpenter John E. Aldridge, according to Landmarks Preservation Committee Chairman Richard Wines, government records show the house has been owned by LWC Realty since the 1960s. Aldridge also built the Aquebogue Congregational Church, Wines said. It contains five bedrooms and one bath.

Wines - who recently completed an application that will likely designate - said the house itself could likely qualify for the historic register, offering the opportunity for tax credits.

"First, it survived from that time period," he said. "Second, all the detail on the outside - the peaks, the decorative elements - and the inside for that matter."

But the home remains unoccupied.

Lloyd Corwin, listed as the principal of LWC Realty, said the property is not for sale. The Corwin family operates Crescent Duck Farm, located behind the home. But that doesn't mean the home might not be up for grabs.

"If someone wanted to move it away, that would be one thing," he said.

Wines said the home is similar in structure and historical significance to the Jedediah Hawkins Inn, which was renovated last decade, reportedly for upwards of $3 million, and is on the National Register of Historic Places - one of nine places in town currently on the list.

What do you think should be done with this home? How much would you pay to relocate it?

Laurie Downs March 09, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I love this house...I would love to walk through it.It's beautiful...if I had the property and money I'd haul it on my back...lol
Rich Anderson March 09, 2012 at 09:27 PM
From what I heard from an ex-tenant is that the place is very haunted.
Sandy Martocchia March 09, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Haunted....do tell!
Jeff Roman March 09, 2012 at 09:50 PM
I've always wondered if it was for sale, but now............
Velvetstrongarm March 09, 2012 at 10:06 PM
There's a bowling alley with a bar in that house..
ABetterWayforRiverhead March 09, 2012 at 11:17 PM
I read about a not-for-profit organization (brain injuries) buying a old property in Jamesport to renovate as a assisted care facility. I thought it was this building but I must be mistaken.
Jasmine Corwin March 10, 2012 at 01:18 AM
It is a beautiful home inside and out. It is not safe inside anymore, but we can enjoy the beauty that it brings to the Main Road as we drive by. The house has many stories in it, haunted maybe by wild animals now. But there is no bowling alley or bar in the house, sorry to say, but that would be a nice added touch. It does have 8 rooms upstairs and 8 rooms downstairs with 2 beautiful bathrooms.
Jerry Cibulski March 10, 2012 at 01:45 AM
It would be such a relief to see someone relocate and restore this piece of history on the North Fork. I am putting on my thinking cap... there must be someone who would be interested in this property with all of the people I work with. I meet so many home buyers who want a historic home in a quiet location. Here is the opportunity to move a historic home to one of the vacant properties in the area.
Hayden Home Imp. Inc. March 10, 2012 at 02:35 AM
I boarded up some of the windows and have been inside. it is in very bad condition would cost a bundle to restore
GLENN March 10, 2012 at 01:31 PM
I wish they still built homes that looked like this, not the big ugly boxed homes they build now. so beautiful.
Claire March 10, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I love this house. It is my favorite one on all of the North Fork. Each time I drive by it I think what a shame it's not occupied. It has so much beauty & charm and I would love to see it restored. My 15 year old son drew it for me so I could "have it forever".
Jerry Cibulski March 10, 2012 at 02:01 PM
I completely agree. The material cost is the isssue. One of the bullders I work with crafted a Craftsman Style home on Pequash Ave in Cutchogue a couple of years ago. It was a great addtion to the Fleets Neck community in that it spoke to the neighborhood character. It can be done but the budget will feel the pressures. Love homes with style and character.
Juliana Opatich March 10, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I love this home as well. Whenever I pass it I always say if I had the money I would buy it and restore it. How about a volunteer group to restore it and get building supplies as donations? Make it historical with surrounding land reflecting how things were in the 1870s and thereby make it a tourist attraction.
susan spellman March 10, 2012 at 03:38 PM
I love this house. Everytime I pass it I say "there's my house". A girl can dream!
not a farmer March 10, 2012 at 04:59 PM
i have been inside. i was invited by the previous tenant named Jerry. he was an elderly fellow who lived there for the longest time under very poor conditions including no heat. he told by the owners to get out a couple years back after spending much of his life in their employ. the condition inside was very poor. i dont expect it is worth moving or restoring given the horrible way it has been neglected by its owners. the sight of the decaying building underlines the disgusting stench of duck shlt from the farm which no doubt has been maintained to the same standard and polluting the area for a century. where the heck is the board of health?? the safety and health violations and the condition of the water in the area is a serious issue. unbearable to even drive by at times. dont you all smell that?
gwen March 13, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I recall writing about this house - one of the family members did want very much to restore it about 8 years ago, but she wanted to source funding or grant money for the project. I tried to explain to her that such funding is not available- there is an annual NYS grant to restore barns - but it is very competetive. there is nothing to my knowledge for privately owned historical houses (and I know this from covering many restoration projects and hist societies and organizations). but she wanted to pursue that avenue anyway. obviously, no funding materialized. in my opinion, when a building is a historical treasure like this, the owners should do right by it - either restore it or sell it at a very, very fair price to someone who will. letting it sit and rot is not right. our area's history and historical charm belong, in a sense, to everyone, and the actual title holders of such a property should realize that their responsibility is larger than their own personal and financial interests.
Beth Polley Peterson April 11, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Beautiful house - one of my favorites. Such a shame it's been allowed to get to this state.
Emily Moon November 01, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Three years ago me and my Husband saw the owner drive a pickup truck into the back; so we asked him about the house and he told us they had just sold it. I think at one time it was used to sell hardware out of it and another time it was used as a school house. It has a stage in it and old tin ceilings; but it really big. The people that own it live in a house behind it. I don't think they want to share the land with anyone and have people coming and going; so it will most likely rot; which is sad. To bad it's not like the Setauket Neighborhood house. It gets used everyday for weddings, baby showers etc.... It would be great if they sold it to the Town and they renovated it and then rented it for occasions. Google Setauket Neighborhood house.

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