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The Mary Louise Booth House

Mary Louise Booth Birthplace

Mary Louise Booth, author, editor, translator, women's rights advocate, and abolitionist was an esteemed figure in the worlds of publishing in America and Europe in the 19th century. She wrote the first history of the city of New York, was the founding editor of Harper's Bazar, and translated over 40 books in 7 languages. She was born in 1831 in a small wood shingled house on Main Street, Yaphank, the eldest of 4 children, to William Chatfield Booth and Nancy Monsell, who were both from old Long Island families.

The Mary L. Booth House has been restored and interpreted to the year 1845, and period lilacs and apple trees have been planted on the grounds. Not many original furnishings were intact, but a period chair from the house as well as a 19th century Yaphank schoolteacher's desk were donated to the house museum.

Mary L. Booth always returned to Yaphank to visit the home she lived in and the village she loved, where she started this amazing life. For many years after her death, young women who were inspired by her accomplishments, made pilgrimages to the house where she was born. She died at age 57 at home in NYC and was buried with her family in CYpress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn.

In 1998, the Kinney family of Yaphank donated the Booth House to Suffolk COunty and Dawn Movers moved it down Main Street to its new home.The restoration of the Booth House then began and was completed in 2011. It is now open to the public.