Tag: Long Island History

Long Island: Octagon House Stony Brook, New York

Long Island: Octagon House Stony Brook, New York

Nestled into a shady Stony Brook lane is a former octagon barn. According to the Three Village Historical Society, the barn was built in the mid to late 1800’s by a member of the Davis family. In the 1930’s the barn was converted to a house and is still lived in today.

Octagon houses and barns are apparently rare structures, many of which are on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s kind of neat to have one just a hop, skip and a jump from one of my local riding loops.

Octagonal House Barn Stonybrook Long Island

Stony Brook Octagon House
Photo Credit: The Three Village Historical Society

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Suburban Exploring – Local Long Island:
As I continue to learn, Long Island has some lovely and interesting places that are rich in history, some of which are hiding in plain sight. What better way to explore these historical gems than by motorcycle? This post is part of a series of motorcycle rides that focus on local Long Island history.
Sights from the Road: The Tiny Setauket Post Office

Sights from the Road: The Tiny Setauket Post Office

The town of Setauket (seh-taw-ket) sits on the north shore of Long Island. First settled in the 1650’s, Setauket has a large number of historical buildings interspersed with its more modern residences.

Often as you ride through some of the town’s small shady lanes, you get the distinct feeling that you are somewhere else. This town doesn’t fit the popular Long Island stereotype; strip malls, tons of traffic and women who sound like Fran Drescher on The Nanny.

Setauket Post Office

One of my favorite buildings that I pass when traveling along the North Shore through towns like Saint James, Nissequogue, Stony Brook and on to Port Jefferson is the delightfully tiny Setauket Post Office. Built in 1941, this quaint little Greek revival building was designed by Richard Haviland Smythe. It features 4 columns whose capitals are topped with cornstalks in the spirit of those found in our nation’s Capitol building, designed by Benjamin Latrobe.

Setauket Post Office Plaque Setauket Post Office Eagle Setauket Post Office
Cornstalk capital column Setauket Post Office Setauket Post Office Letter Slot Setauket Post Office Side view

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