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Nov 6, 2017 11:24 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Ellis Squires House, Farnum Boathouse Nominated To National Register Of Historic Places

The Ellis Squires Jr. House in Hampton Bays.  PRESS FILE
Nov 6, 2017 11:30 AM

Governor Andrew Cuomo has included two South Fork properties in his latest recommendations for additions to the National Register of Historic Places.

The historic structures were added to the New York State Register of Historic Places last month, and now the state has asked the National Park Service and U.S. Department of the Interior to do the same on the federal level.

In Hampton Bays, Mr. Cuomo has nominated the Ellis Squires Jr. House. It is said to be the oldest surviving dwelling in the hamlet. Its namesake, who lived from 1761 to 1854, built the house circa 1790 and lived there with his wife, Jerusha Rogers Squires. The couple had seven children and the area became known in the 19th century as Squiretown, according to historians.

The second nominated property is the William Farnum Boathouse, at 52 Actors Colony Road on North Haven.

According to an application the New York State Parks Department made to the U.S. Department of the Interior, the William Farnum Boathouse is significant in the area of performing arts as the only intact building strongly associated with William Farnum, a prominent early 20th century stage and film actor, at the height of his career. He lived from 1876 to 1953. The boathouse was built circa 1915.

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