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

Old 1873 Brookhaven School

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

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Inventory Code: Br31.1-S
Prepared Date: 6/21/2003
Last modified: 10/31/2010
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:   Fire Place Neck Rd.

 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:    40 Thornhedge Rd., Bellport, NY

6a-Original:    School

6b-Present:    Residence

 7a-Visible From Road

 7b-Interior Accessible:
7b-Interior Comment:     
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?   1927
11c-Alterations:  Various modifications to its present form as a residence.  
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:   1873 or 1874
19-Builder:  A note in the South Side Signal (Babylon), 10 Oct 1874 notes: "James Watkins of this village (Bellport) has the contract for building the new school house at Brookhaven, which is to be 27x34 feet with 20 feet posts."  
Historic and Architectural Importance
20-Importance:   Fire Place had it's first school in 1802. It was on the opposite (west) side of Fire Place Neck Road from the present elementary school. In 1815, a new school was built. And in 1855, the 1815 building was replaced by a third schoolhouse. In 1873, the 1855 school house was replaced by this structure -- the fourth schoolhouse in the Hamlet. The 1855 building became an addition to the Henry Egbert Hawkins (now Watson) house at 310 Beaverdam Road (Br22). The 1873 building lasted as a schoolhouse until 1927, when it was replaced by the present building (see Br31) -- the fifth schoolhouse in the Hamlet. The 1873 building was used for a short while for the Brookhaven Free Library, but was soon floated to Bellport where it became a residence at 40 Thorn Hedge Road.   
21-Sources:      Sources: Post card from "Early Photographs of the Hamlet of Brookhaven collected by George Perley Morse." Robert Starke in Post-Morrow Foundation Newsletter, Fall 2003 Schools history from Bigelow (p. 25) and Principe (p. 105).  
Prepared By:
  J. Deitz
Supplemental Material: 
  South Side Signal (Babylon), 30 Jan 1875, p. 3:
"Brookhaven has an elegant new Episcopal church. A new union school house two story and other improvements will soon be added. Old Fire Place is warming up."

Robert Starke reports: "… for my first school years I went to the schoolhouse here on Fire Place Neck Road. The old schoolhouse was where the current elementary school is today, but was an old wooden building, two stories, the ground floor had four classes and the upstairs had the other four. Only three people ran the school, two teachers and a custodian."