Booth House Restoration & Yaphank Historic Center
THE BOOTH HOUSE CELEBRATION!
MARY LOUISE BOOTH IN BROOKLYN
Recently, several YHS Board Members accompanied Richard Martin, from Suffolk County Department of Parks,
Division of Historic Services, on a fact finding tour of historic Brooklyn sites where Mary Louise Booth, and her family,
lived and worked. The Booth Family monument in Cypress Hills Cemetery, in Brooklyn, was photographed, as was her father's home at
81 Hamilton St., in the Williamsburg section.
THE BOOTH HOUSE RESTORATION
The Booth House Restoration is a joint effort between Suffolk County and the Yaphank Historical Society. The Mary Louise Booth House, c. 1829, has been restored with period furnishings and displays to reflect
the life and career of Ms. Booth. The Museum is open to the public.
The completion of this restoration and establishment of the museum complements the Robert Hewlett Hawkins House property and further increases the stature of the Yaphank Historic District. The Historic District will continue to serve as a cornerstone of our community, provide a gateway to the historic homes along Main Street, and help insure that only development which appropriately reflects the historic and rural character of our community be approved in the future. View the Booth House Interior as it is now...
HOMAN HOUSE RESTORATION
circa 1790. The Homan-Hard house, also known as the Yellow House, stands alongside the site of the Homan-Gerard Mills. (The Mills were the backbone of Yaphank's thriving industry during the 1800's.) The house is currently owned by Suffolk County. It was purchased by them in 1963 as part of Southhaven Park. It is now second on the County list for restoration.
FUTURE YAPHANK HISTORIC CENTER
Here is a future vision for a Yaphank Historic Center. If we can secure the existing gray cottage across from the Hawkins House, we will have a Visitor Center for our beautiful historic district, comprised of the restored Hawkins, Booth, and Homan houses, plus the Suffolk County/Yaphank Historical Society Mary Louise Booth Museum, and Main Street itself, with over 40 historic homes, dating as far back as 1726.