We are pleased to announce that on April 25, 2015 we acquired the Circa 1721 Noah Hallock Homestead!
We have many people to thank. We are so grateful to our benefactor, Mark Baisch, who has personally and graciously extended a no interest mortgage. Mark is a true humanitarian and has donated properties to the Wounded Warriors and to the Town of Brookhaven. Our thanks to our Pro Bono attorney, Rich Johannesen who has seen us thru the long negotiations. Thank you to Derek M. Rand, CPA of Berger, Macdonald & Rand LLP. Special thanks to Anne Hallock-Tuthill for her generous donation in memory of her parents, Frances Hallock Tuthill and Samuel Miller Tuthill. Thanks to Peter Carroll and Mary Ellen Carroll for their donations of artifacrts and photgraphs of the Hallock family. Peter and Mary Ellen, nephew and niece of Josephin Carroll Hallock, 2nd wife of Sylvester Heathcote Hallock. Thanks to Bert Seides of the Ketcham Inn for his good advice. Our gratitude to Gloria Devereaux and her brother, Louis Via Cava for donating almost one third of the purchase price of the house. Thanks to Ray Manzoni for donating 25% of his real estate fee. Our thanks to Suffolk County Legislator, Sarah Anker, for sponsoring a County grant of $5,000. Our gratitude to Town of Brookhaven Councilwoman Jane Bonner, Town Historian Barbara Russell, Tax Assessor Jim Ryan and Tax Receiver Louis J. Marcoccia for their assistance. Our sincere thanks to State Senator Ken LaValle for his special guidance.
We are very fortunate to have members of our Board of Trustees and Officers who have worked so diligently with sincere dedication in the long process to obtain this house as our Museum. See their names on page 4. Our thanks to Jeff Davis as Chairperson of our Preserve Our History Committee who spoke to various groups about saving the Noah Hallock house as a museum. Also to David Griffin for his house model. Thanks to Linda Cathcart & Jim Higgins for assisting Natalie in completing those long forms. Thanks to Joan Depken for scheduling tour guide docents. We are also very fortunate for the support of our members who care about preserving their local history. Rocky Point Historical Society’s Preserve Our History Committee Chairperson and Trustee, Jeff Davis, stated: “It is so exciting to have had an opportunity in one’s life time to be given the privilege to preserve and save a piece of pristine local history. I am so glad that the people of this vibrant eclectic and historical community have come together to make this happen. It is particularly gratifying that this particular historical property has maintained its original character. It was built to be a home and has stayed just that since 1721. It has not become an Inn, Bar, Laundromat, parking lot or just disappeared all together with people saying do you remember when?” Donations, which are tax deductible, will go directly to support the house and may be sent to Rocky Point Historical Society, P. O. Box 1720, Rocky Point, NY 11778 or by Paypal and Credit card at website.