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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 Brook Store

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Inventory Code: Br07
Prepared Date: 7/26/1982
Last modified: 9/16/2010
Original Submitter
Submitter Name: Town of Brookhaven/SPLIA
Submitter Address: Town Hall
205 S. Ocean Ave.
Organization: Brookhaven Community Development Agency
1-Building/Site Name:  
2a-County:   Suffolk 2b-Town:  Brookhaven 2c-Village:  Hamlet of Brookhaven
3-Street Location:   378 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):    Valerie Lysloff 5b-Address:    378 S. Country Rd., Brookhaven

6a-Original:    store and post office

6b-Present:    antique shop

 7a-Visible From Road

 7b-Interior Accessible:
7b-Interior Comment:   during business hours  
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?   early 1900's
11c-Alterations:  Store moved to its present site beside Beaver Dam Creek from just east on South Country Road and because of the curve, the opposite bank of the creek.  
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:   on west bank of creek
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
17-Interrelationships:   This structure is located on South Country Road, formerly the Montauk Highway, in the hamlet of Brookhaven.  
Other Notable Features of Building and Site
18-Notable Features: T. Ellison owned the store and hotel in1858. In 1873, H. Bishop owned it, and in 1902 and 1915, the Valentines owned it. It had become the post office by then. It had not yet been moved by 1915. According to local history, it was first opened in 1815 on land bought by R. Ellison in 1805. It has been enlarged and added to. See Br (sic).      
19-Initial Const Date:   c. 1815
Historic and Architectural Importance
20-Importance:   2 1/2 story, gable roof store with large shop front windows flanking center doorway. 1 story flat roofed wing on west added later and used for U.S. Post Office. 6/6 windows on second floor and arch-topped window in attic. Porch with roof across front. An example of the typical store now disappearing from the Long Island landscape.   
21-Sources:      * Bigelow, Stephanie, "Bellport and Brookhaven, " Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society: 1968, p. 7. "Map of Suffolk County, by J.L. Chace, 1858, repository: Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society  
22-Theme:   stores   
Prepared By:
  Ellen Williams, research assistant
Supplemental Material: 

Copy of "Old Brook Store, A Building of Many Years". Long Island Heritage, July 1982. P.42.

Picture from "Long Island Heritage," October, 1981, page 21.

Copy of map showing Beaver Dam Creek in the hamlet of Brookhaven (then called Fireplace) with the Valentine store shown in its original location. As H. Bishop owned the store at least until 1873, this map may be dated between 1873 and 1902. "From leather-bound book of legal cases of Judge J. Lawrence Smith."

[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.]

[Patchogue Advance, 4 May 1945, p. 10: "Thomas Lyons has opened the former Valentine Store as a general store."]

[Letter, Osborne Shaw, Brookhaven Town Historian, to Thomas Lyons, 5 September 1956, Post Morrow Foundation Heritage Collection, Post Morrow Foundation, Brookhaven, NY 11719.: In August 1947, Thomas Lyons was appointed postmaster for Brookhaven hamlet, which duties were conducted from the Brook Store. Thomas Lyons was still the proprietor of the Brook Store in 1956, when the letter was written.]