August Hawkins and his sister Prudence around 1900

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Photo ID: 24
Name: Brook Store
Type: Modern
Date: 23 Nov 2002
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br07
Inventory Name: Old Brook Store
Address: 378 South Country Road
Source: Deitz
Source Call Number: 021123/P1010009

Comment: From South Country Rd., looking south. Beaver Dam Creek is to the right. To my eye, the unpleasant second floor addition at the right, over the old 1-story flat-roofed post office (see early photos), destroys much of the character and charm of the original store.

Date Entry Modified:
Photo ID: 25
Name: Brook Store
Type: Modern
Date: 23 Nov 2002
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br07
Inventory Name: Old Brook Store
Address: 378 South Country Road
Source: Deitz
Source Call Number: 021123/P1010010

Comment: Looking southeast.

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Photo ID: 674
Name: Auction Sale Notice 1836
Type: Historic
Date: 17 Feb 1836
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br07
Inventory Name: Old Brook Store
Address: 378 South Country Road
Source: Suffolk County Cooperative Library System
Source Call Number:

Comment: Notice of Auction Sale by Elizabeth Hulse Ellison of the property, including the store and tavern, dwelling house, and farm, as it appeared in the Corrector, Sag Harbor, NY.

Date Entry Modified: 7/3/2015 12:00:00 AM
Photo ID: 257
Name: Brook Store
Type: Historic
Date: Early 20th Century
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br07
Inventory Name: Old Brook Store
Address: 378 South Country Road
Source: Post-Morrow
Source Call Number: RG3 Series 1

Comment:

There are several versions of this picture in the Post-Morrow archives, including post cards and other photographic prints. This image appears to be a print from the original Frederick W. Kost photograph.

This picture is of the store before it was move to the present location -- not only is the date, ascribed to the picture on one copy, before the store was moved, but the fence to the left is known to have fronted the Valentine House (Br30B). An earlier photograph (based on the size of the trees), published in Principe's "Bellport Village and Brookhaven Hamlet," at the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society, showing the Valentine house and store before it's move, has a very similar fence.

One copy identifies individuals as follows:
Mr. Alfred Nelson Sr. in foreground
Mr. Desmond Nelson & 4 Nelson children about 1905?
.. Emily Nelson (Maxwell)
.. Beatrice Nelson (Rosenquest
..... daughters of Mr. and Mrs H. Ogden Nelson
.. Norman Nelson
.. Alfred Nelson
..... sons of Mr. and Mrs. Norman F. Nelson

Date Entry Modified: 6/5/2008 12:00:00 AM
Photo ID: 277
Name: Brook Store
Type: Post Card
Date: Early 20th Century
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br07
Inventory Name: Old Brook Store
Address: 378 South Country Road
Source: Deitz
Source Call Number: Beyer2004/BrookStore.jpg

Comment: This image appears to have been taken at about the same time as Photo ID 257 above. It clearly shows the Valentine House (Br30B) to the left. Image contributed by Richard Beyer, formerly of Brookhaven Hamlet, now of Tuscumbia, Alabama.

Date Entry Modified:
Photo ID: 341
Name: Old Brook Store
Type: Post Card
Date: Abt 1909
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br07
Inventory Name: Old Brook Store
Address: 378 South Country Road
Source: Deitz
Source Call Number: Post Cards historical/BrookStore1

Comment: The sign on the far right wing reads "Agency of Patchogue Laundry"

Post Card is post marked 24 Jul 1909.

Date Entry Modified:
Photo ID: 396
Name: Valentine House and Brook Store in Winter
Type: Historic
Date: Uncertain. Before 1915.
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br07
Inventory Name: Old Brook Store
Address: 378 South Country Road
Source: Hugh Byrne
Source Call Number: Byrne/BrookStoreWinter

Comment: This picture clearly shows the siting of the Valentine House (Br30B) and the Brook Store before they were moved in 1915. This site is now the location of the Brook House (Br06)

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Photo ID: 165
Name: The Brook Store
Type: Post Card
Date: Abt 1948
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br07
Inventory Name: Old Brook Store
Address: 378 South Country Road
Source: Post-Morrow / Deitz
Source Call Number: RG3 Series 1 / JD personal collection

Comment: The Post Office was actually the small 1-story addition to the right. A copy of this postcard auctioned on eBay had the date Dec. 25, 1948 written on it. Richard Beyer, formerly of Brookhaven Hamlet, now of Tuscumbia, Alabama, comments on this image: "Our Post Office was the little room on the front right. You had to come here to collect your mail... there was no delivery of any kind. Bea Stern's Grandfather, Thad Moses, owned the store. She was my classmate and he gave me a job there after I flunked out of Syracuse. It was a better education than I got in upstate NY. He was a retired seaman and held a Masters license as I recall."

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Photo ID: 307
Name: Post Office Desk
Type: Modern
Date: 11 Jun 2004
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br07
Inventory Name: Old Brook Store
Address: 378 South Country Road
Source: Deitz
Source Call Number: photos/040611/IMG_1133

Comment: This Post Office desk, and items on the shelves are from the Brook Store. Big Tom Ellison and his mother ran the original store and tavern during the early 1800's. In 1860 the store was purchased by Hallack Bishop and rebuilt. The store and adjacent house were later purchased by Charles Valentine who ran it with Forrest Reeves. At this time the store included a post office. The property became known as "Valentines Corner" and "Valentine's Brook." When Mr. Noble purchased the property in 1916, he moved the house to 3 Fire Place Neck Road (Historic Structure ID Br30B), and the store, by then called the "Brook Store," to its present location at 378 South Country Road. Adapted from "Bellport Village and Brookhaven Hamlet" by Victor Principe. Photograph is of an exhibit at the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society.

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Photo ID: 168
Name: Brook Store Interior
Type: Historic
Date: Uncertain
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br07
Inventory Name: Old Brook Store
Address: 378 South Country Road
Source: Post-Morrow
Source Call Number: RG1 Series 10

Comment: See Image ID 169 for key to individuals. From "Early Photographs of the Hamlet of Brookhaven collected by George Perley Morse 1945-1959."

Date Entry Modified:
Photo ID: 169
Name: Key to Image 168
Type: Historic
Date: Uncertain
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br07
Inventory Name: Old Brook Store
Address: 378 South Country Road
Source: Post-Morrow
Source Call Number: RG1 Series 10

Comment: This is the key to Image 168. From "Early Photographs of the Hamlet of Brookhaven collected by George Perley Morse 1945-1959."

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Photo ID: 238
Name: Forrest P. Reeve at the Brookhaven Store
Type: Historic
Date: Uncertain
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br07
Inventory Name: Old Brook Store
Address: 378 South Country Road
Source: Post-Morrow
Source Call Number: RG3 Series 1

Comment: From "Early Photographs of the Hamlet of Brookhaven collected by George Perley Morse 1945-1959." Morse comments: Jacob Valintine (sic) in 1916 sold the land of the Store and residence to a Doctor Noble. The home was moved to opposite the "Triangle" on the old Ketcham property [Br30B] and the store was moved across the road and a little south where it stands today as the Brook Store. The land was later sold to C. Oliver Wellington. [He built the Brook House, Br06]. Forrest P. Reeves (sic) married Lillian Breckenridge and lived on the north side of South Country Road. They had two children -- Charles Valintine (sic) and Mary. Mary married Kellogg J. Dominy father of Charles Dominy, County Sheriff.

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Photo ID: 249
Name: The Boys Out Front
Type: Historic
Date: About 1890.
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br07
Inventory Name: Old Brook Store
Address: 378 South Country Road
Source: Post-Morrow
Source Call Number: RG1 Series 10

Comment: In front of the Brook Store.
From "Early Photographs of the Hamlet of Brookhaven collected by George Perley Morse 1945-1959."
See next image (#250) for key. Based on known birth and death dates, the date for the image is estimated to be about 1890.

Date Entry Modified: 12/29/2008 12:00:00 AM
Photo ID: 250
Name: Key to Image ID 249
Type: Historic
Date: Uncertain
Site Data Sheet Link Code: Br07
Inventory Name: Old Brook Store
Address: 378 South Country Road
Source: Post-Morrow
Source Call Number: RG1 Series 10

Comment: From "Early Photographs of the Hamlet of Brookhaven collected by George Perley Morse 1945-1959."

Date Entry Modified: 12/29/2008 12:00:00 AM