In January 2023, repairs were made to the roof of the historic Camp Upton Building on the Smith Farm property.
Smith Farm – Three Fruit Trees Planted
December 2022, three fruit-bearing apple trees planed to the west of the Dutch Gambrel at the Smith Farm. The trees symbolize a spirited new growth for a developing public park. Planted by Henry Leuthardt Nurseries, purchased by Ketcham Inn Foundation.
Keep up with our annual projects and events with our 2022 Havens Ketcham Heritage Area Newsletter!
Ketcham Inn stepping stones
Ketcham Inn was recipient of seven bluestone stepping stones donated by Island Stone of Glen Cove, Sunday, June 19, 2022.
Ketcham Inn site granted Master Gardener status
Ketcham Inn Community Garden was recently designated an approved NYS Cornell Cooperative Extension, Suffolk County, Master Gardener volunteer site.
This designation will allow Master Gardeners to complete annual volunteer hours at the Ketcham Inn.
The designation of the Ketcham Inn’s Garden site as an approved CCE Suffolk Master Gardener
volunteer site will further enhance and extend the reach of the CCE mission. This enables the strengthening of food security, community outreach, the support of
youth and adult education, engagement with and participation of Master Garden Volunteers
(MGV), and sustainability.
18th Century Double Leaf Door Restoration
Originally posted January 22, 2021
Update: April 6, 2021 – Installation completed of the south front doors (1710).
Donation of 18th century doors by our master timber framer, Scott W. Brown, were restored by Frank Zambella of Belle Interiors (309 Montauk Hwy, East Moriches, NY 11940). The doors will be hung in the 1710 south front doorway of the Ketcham Inn. The door frame retained the historic pintle holes, so it was apparent that a double leaf door was required for this doorway. The historic 18th century mortice and tendon, oak tree pegged doors were disassembled to review structural integrity and reassembled for installation, which will include pintle and strap hinges in their historic locations.
Propagating Your Own Plants from Seeds
Master Gardener Jane Corrarino noted in the January 2022 Newsletter of The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons
2021 RDLG Foundation Grant
Ketcham Inn Foundation, Inc has participated annually at the Longwood Fair for 30 years. Located opposite the front door of the beautiful Smith Estate house at Longwood, we sell local history books, used and antiquarian books for book lovers and book collectors of all kinds. Our primary fundraiser is at the Ketcham Inn Book Barn.
Havens Roof Restoration Grant
For Immediate Release
Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation Grant to support the John Scudder Havens & Mary Pelletreau Havens Homestead, Center Moriches Roof Restoration Project
Moriches Bay Historical Society (MBHS) is very pleased to become a recipient of a $30,000 matching Grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation to support the Havens Homestead Roof Project this past June.
The House and property have well-documented and rich history dating back to the pre-Colonial period and up to modern times. The Homestead was moved in 1971 off the 260-acre Havens Estate property which became the Terrell River County Park Preserve in 1989. The Havens Homestead now rests at a northernly portion of the Estate currently located at 15, Montauk Hwy, Center Moriches.
The roof was replaced more than 50 years ago and has reached the end of its effective lifespan. In recent years, the deterioration has accelerated to the point where the Moriches Bay Historic Society has deemed the current conditions unsustainable and has been aggressively raising funds to remedy this circumstance. MBHS, as caretaker of the Havens House and Barn, has a critical responsibility of maintaining roofs.
For those of you who have supported us, we are very grateful, and if you would like to support MBHS’ efforts, visit our GoFundMe at gofundme.com/f/havens-homestead-roof-project.
We once again would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation for their continued support of our significant projects in the Moriches.