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October 2019

As we head into the fall season, the Yaphank Historical Society has a very busy schedule ahead of us. We have our Fall Harvest Tea, the grand opening of the Homan House and our Christmas Tour. We also have several private tours scheduled for our historic houses. The Society is hosting the quarterly board meeting of the Preservation Long Island group in October. And along with all of this, we also have three Board meetings and two General Membership meetings. As you can see, we have a very full slate this fall season.

We are continuing work on the Historic District Survey project in preparation for applying for State and National Register listings. Zachary Studenroth, who is doing the historic district survey for us will be coming to speak at our October general membership meeting. He will give us an overview of what the project entails and the benefits of being on the National Register.

The October 26th grand opening of the Homan House is coming up very quickly. We have some last-minute details to finish up inside the House before our grand opening celebration. On the exterior, we have just finished the grading of the property, setting the large stepping stones at each door, and setting the handicap walkway. Grass seed has also been put down. We have finished the front walkway. One of the last items we have to do inside the house is build the cellar steps. So, as you can see, we have completed a significant amount of work, but still have more to go to get the house ready for the grand opening.

Recently, we hosted a Girl Scout doing a project for her Gold Award (this is the equivalent of the Eagle Scout award for young men). She came to us with plans for an ambitious project; it was to build a Butterfly Garden at the SwezeyAvey House. Her project was large and beautifully done, she even bought caterpillars and kept them until they hatched into butterflies The butterflies (about 100 of them) were released into her garden in early September. When you are at the Swezey-Avey House or at the Park, take a look at the garden she designed and built. She will continue to add finishing touches over the fall season. Overall, the project has been a success and the garden is a nice addition to the grounds of the Swezey-Avey House.

- Robert Kessler, President