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This Old House in Need of New Life [Empty in Three Village]

Elements are taking over old farmhouse at Campus Drive in Setauket.

Take a drive down Pond Path in East Setauket and a lot of great homes jump out. But for one house at the corner of Campus Drive it's for a completely different reason.

That's because the old farmhouse at 2 Campus Drive is crumbling on its plot while it sits empty, waiting to be sold. Windows are broken and whole portions of the exterior are falling apart. The plot is roped off to the public.

A recent Craigslist post advertising its sale claims the farmhouse dates back to the 1860s and was once owned by the Hawkins family, one of the oldest and founding families in Three Village history. That ad has expired, but details could be read on Google's cached screenshot of the posting.

In it the ad, the seller admits the 6-bedroom home, which also features a stand-alone barn, is in need of total renovation. No price was posted.

A call to the seller was not immediately returned.

Have you seen this home? And do you hope a buyer will restore the farmhouse due to its historical significance?

Three Village Pride February 08, 2012 at 10:11 PM
The owner of this property should just knock down the house and sell the land. While this house is one of the worst in the area, there are many that need attention. Houses like these bring down the value of the homes in the surrounding area. They are eyesores. The houses that are rentals are the most common culprits. Absentee landlords just collect the rent and don't check on the condition of their property. It's disgraceful.
Nick February 09, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Maybe the historical society should get involved with its renovation or restoration due it's significance to the three village area.
Truffuls February 09, 2012 at 02:15 PM
The house is beyond repair. I've been in it several times. The old man that was living there was a hoarder and the home was impossible to walk through. You could actually see outside through the walls and ceilings and animals had taken up residence in all the furniture and walls. The second floor was in the process of falling through the ceiling of the first floor. The barn is not safe to be in at all. The house that was torn down next to the Setauket FD on Old Town was in better shape than this place. It is unsafe and should be torn down.
james m cashin February 09, 2012 at 03:47 PM
i actually called the number posted as i was intersted in possibly renovating and saving the house. I can only describe the conversation as "wierd". he started the conversation by telling me that if i stepped on the property, he would have me arrested. he went on to say that i cannot look at the house because it is so crammed with junk that you cannot walk thru it. I'm not sure what this owner expects to do, but my prediction is that the house will collapse before any kind of sale is consumated.
LivingSmall February 09, 2012 at 04:47 PM
The Rubber Factory Houses (the ones which were behind the SBFD) were moved across 25A. You can see them from 25A if you look across the church cemetery. They were not torn down.
LivingSmall February 09, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Twice a week I pass the forlorn house and each time I consider calling for much the same reason. Between the obvious structural issues, the house being crammed with junk, the very real possibility of asbestos, lead and leaking oil tanks -- it would be a major endeavor.
Kenneth Leeds February 11, 2012 at 10:45 PM
The owner IS weird. The owner won't spend the money to tear it down PLUS he thinks he should receive $500,000 for its sale. The barn is in imminent danger of collapse. The house is an attractive nuisance to children. Why haven't the neighbors complained to the Town? Why hasn't the Town torn it down and added the cost of demolition of the house and barn to the owner's tax bill?
John Blatny February 11, 2012 at 11:43 PM
We had a similar situation in my neighborhood with a blighted property that the owner refused to sell for years due to a spiteful divorce. Finally a group of neighbors banded together and began to make numerous and collective complaints to the town of Brookhaven. Due to the "squeaky wheel" syndrome, the Town eventually responded and made a number of inspections with related threats of actions. This forced the owner's hand, the property was sold, renovated and it is now one of the nicest homes on the block. People just need to get involved and not expect things to happen by themselves
Yvonne Affronti February 12, 2012 at 07:12 PM
I would be great if someone could purchase this property and restore it. Once it's gone, it's gone. It would have to be someone with deep pockets though, I realize. But even so, the cultural/historic value is important. The house I live in could have fallen into that situation. You have to see past the mess and believe in the outcome. A bit of money doesn't hurt either.

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