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

Keene House (Sleepy Hollow Farm)

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

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Inventory Code: Br23A.005-S
Prepared Date: 8/8/2011
Last modified: 8/8/2011
Original Submitter
Submitter Name: John Deitz
Submitter Address: 7 Locust Rd.

1-Building/Site Name:  
2a-County:   Suffolk 2b-Town:  Brookhaven 2c-Village:  Hamlet of Brookhaven
3-Street Location:   5 Wallace Ln (formerly 5 Hawkins Ln)

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

   4a-Public     4b-Private
5a-Owner  (at original survey date):    5b-Address:    5 Wallace Ln

6a-Original:    Residential - farm house

6b-Present:    residential

 7a-Visible From Road

 7b-Interior Accessible:
7b-Interior Comment:   Private dwelling  
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:  A second floor dormer may be an addition.  
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12-Photo Photos and images
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  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:   
15j-Other:  A nearby barn like structure may be original to the farm, It now appears to have been converted to other use. (Needs confirmation.)  
15-Comment:   It is interesting to note that 1947 and 1962 aerial photos of the area clearly indicate open fields and what was likely the Keene farm house and perhaps a barn. Now the area is heavily wooded.  
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:   Early 20th century
Historic and Architectural Importance

Said to have been the residence of the Allen Keene family, operators of a small farm on Hawkins lane. Allen and Beatrice Keen's son, Wallace Valentine Keene, was said to have been born there in 1926, and lived there until his death in 1995.

One of many modest dwellings that used to dot Brookhaven Hamlet as permanent homes and summer residences, but are gradually disappearing as larger structures take their place, either through new construction or modifications to the original structures. These homes provided a distinctive character to Brookhaven hamlet, with a pleasing variety both of architectural interest and economic diversity.

Older address sources for the Keene residence refer to its address as being 5 Hawkins Ln.; more modern sources reference Wallace Ln. Today a few modern houses line Wallace Ln., suggesting that it may have been the original farm road off Hawkins Ln. back to the Wallace Valentine Keene house, and that lots were sold off along it.

21-Sources:      Meg Koch, Research by Richard Thomas and John Deitz  
22-Theme:   Residential   
Prepared By:
  John Deitz
Supplemental Material: 
  Patchogue Advance, 11 Jan 1927, p. 12
Allen Keene of Sleepy Hollow Farm, local milkman, is confined to his bed with neuritis. During the last week Mr. Keene has sold several of his good milch cows. Keene caters to Bellport and Brookhaven. Herbert Wickham, proprietor of Edge Water Inn, is taking care of the dairy and overseeing the farm during Mr. Keene's illness. Mr. Keene says he will keep a couple of cows and a few hundred chickens and when he is fully recovered he will stock up again in the spring.