State adds Woodhull House to list of historic places

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07/31/2011 6:01 AM |

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | The Woodhull House in Wading River is believed to be the oldest structure in the Shoreham-Wading River area.

The Woodhull House located in Wading River is one step closer to being designated as a national historic structure, Brookhaven Town officials announced Friday.

Second District Councilwoman Jane Bonner said the Josiah Woodhull House, which the town is in the process of restoring, has recently been listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places and is currently under consideration for being listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Built around 1720, the North Country Road house was home to seven generations descended from Richard Woodhull, a Brookhaven Town founder. It is believed to be the oldest structure in the Shoreham-Wading River area.

Following the 2009 collapse of the historic Mott House in Coram, the town hired consultants to assess all of the town’s historic structures and found that the poor condition of the roof on the Woodhull House had contributed to its deterioration.

Roof work was finished in May and a schedule to restore the exterior of the houses is being finalized, town officials said.

jennifer@northshoresun.com

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