Volunteers Spruce Up Conklin Farmhouse Property

Volunteers swarmed the property of the historic Conklin Farmhouse and Barn on Friday, sprucing up the property with paintbrushes, rakes and shovels.

The farmhouse, built about 1750, sits on the corner of High Street and New York Avenue. As of Friday, it has a rebuilt flagpole on the lawn, created from the previous pole that had become worn throughout the years.

The community group Moonjumpers hosted the event, which brought volunteers from PSEG-LI, National Grid, Asplundh Construction, and Hov Bros. Power Washing, as well as the Huntington Historical Society, led by executive director Stephanie Gotard and, other community leaders, including Kelly Smith from the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce. The Asplundh workers made short work of repaving the parking lot.

Led by Pete Hornick, the flagpole, which dated to the Civil War era, was rebuilt over a period of 100 hours. The rebuilt pole was then moved several feet away to a new stand.

Other workers removed a tree, trimmed bushes, and painted fences, a wishing well and an outhouse.

“The Huntington Historical Society greatly appreciated the support from our corporate sponsors, Town of Huntington and community volunteers,” Gotard said. ” It would take a whole year to fundraise for all the work that was completed at the Conklin property today. We are now better prepared to welcome our community members to our historic home! Today was a proud day for our community.”

Town Supervisor Ed Smyth assisted in raising the flag on the new pole; other town officials who participated in the day’s events included Highway Superintendent Andre Sorrentino and Councilman Sal Ferro.



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