August Hawkins and his sister Prudence around 1900


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Unless indicated below, this is a transcript of the original Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities/Town of Brookhaven survey form.   Since most of the surveys were conducted in the late 1970's and early 1980's, much of the information reflects that time period. 

Corrections to obvious typographical and spelling errors have been made.  Corrections to factual errors in the original surveys, and updates or comments on the information are either enclosed in [square brackets], or are clearly indicated as updated material from the context of the comments. 

Sites which have a suffix of "S" are supplemental sites not included in the original surveys.

Building-Structure Inventory Form

Carol Robinson cottage

 If checked, this is a Supplemental Form, not included in the original surveys.

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Inventory Code: Br09E
Prepared Date: 3/10/1975
Last modified: 6/24/2012
Original Submitter
Submitter Name: Mrs. Paul W. Bigelow
Submitter Address: 7 Thornhedge Road

Organization: Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society
1-Building/Site Name:  
2a-County:   Suffolk 2b-Town:  Brookhaven 2c-Village:  Hamlet of Brookhaven
3-Street Location:   South Country Road

 If checked, this site is within the Fire Place (Brookhaven Hamlet) Historic District

   4a-Public     4b-Private
5a-Owner  (at original survey date):    Mrs. Edward Ljungvist 5b-Address:    South country Rd., Brookhaven

6a-Original:    private cottage

6b-Present:    same

 7a-Visible From Road

 7b-Interior Accessible:
7b-Interior Comment:   No  
Building Materials 
   8a-Clapboard    8b-Stone    8c-Brick
   8d-Board & Batten    8e-Cobblestone    8f-Shingles
Structural System
   9a-Wood Frame Interlocking Joints    9b-Wood Frame Light Members:    9c-Masonry:
9d-Metal Comment:     
9e-Other Comment:     
    10a-Excellent   10b-Good   10c-Fair     10d-Deteriorated
   11a-Original Site  11b-Moved   If so, when?  
11c-Alterations:  moved by William Preston Smith (it had been near to South Country road)  
Photo & Map
12-Photo Photos and images
  14a-None Known:    14b-Zoning   14c-Roads
  14d-Developers :   14e-Deterioration
Related Outbuildings
and Property

  15a-Barn   15b-Carriage House  15c-Garage
  15d-Privy   15e-Shed   15f-Greenhouse
  15g-Shop   15h-Gardens   15i-Landscape Features
15i-Landscape Features:   
Surroundings of the Building
  16a-Open Land   16b-Woodland   16c-Scattered Bldgs.
  16d-Densely Built-up   16e-Commercial  16f-Industrial
  16g-Residential 16h-Other:   
Interrelationship of Building and Surroundings
Other Notable Features of Building and Site
18-Notable Features:       
19-Initial Const Date:   said to be about 1776
Historic and Architectural Importance

[This structure is arguably one of the oldest in Brookhaven Hamlet, perhaps being the original homestead of the Seaman family. Archological forensics is required to confirm this hypothisis.]

For a time, it was the summer residence of Margaret Anderson and jama heap [sic, Jane Heap], who published a literary review; then by Carol Robinson, a pianist.

William Preston Smith, a descendent of the Seamans by his mother, moved the "Seaman" place when Anderson and Heap lived in the little house. Interior of detached privy was painted by daughter of Enrico Caruso. Mrs. Caruso (Dorothy) was a great friend of Carol Robinson.

[Margaret Anderson and Jane Heap founded and edited the literary magazine The Little Review which published avant-garde writers, 1914-29. Carol Robinson was a friend. They and other artists of the day were known as the "moderns."]

[Glenda Dawn Goss, in her biography of Carol Robinson, Music and the Moderns: The Live and Works of Carol Robinson, describes the cottage:
"Robinson inherited the charmingly primitive farmhouse at Brookhaven, Long Island, with no electricity and no running water, that Anderson shared with Heap … the three women enjoyed many close mutual friends, from [novelist] Kathryn Hulme and Dorothy Caruso [Enrico's wife] to [singer] Georgette Leblanc and Ezra Pound."]

21-Sources:      1858 Chace Map. 1873 Beers Comstock  
22-Theme:   Residence   
Prepared By:
  Original by Stephanie Bigelow, revised by J. Deitz
Supplemental Material: