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This Greek Revival house in the heart of

This Greek Revival house in the heart of Bellport Village was once the summer home of Birdsall Otis Edey, an early organizer and eventually national president of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Called Nearthebay, it's on the market in March 2012 for $3.995 million. Credit: Eileen Green Realty

This Greek Revival in the heart of Bellport Village was once the summer home of Birdsall Otis Edey, an early organizer and eventually national president of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Called Nearthebay, it's on the market for $3.995 million.

Set on 1.5 acres, the house with five bedrooms, five bathrooms and a half-bath was built in 1838 but was recently restored with modern amenities. Along with 19th century details, including seven original marble fireplaces and crown moldings, is a kitchen with commercial-grade appliances.

The basement has a gym and wine cellar. Outside, by the sleek gunite pool, is a former post office turned into a pool house.

Edey, whose father, James Otis, was a state senator, was active in the women's suffrage movement, hosting meetings in the home. She was also a poet and playwright who, at age 25, wrote and produced an operetta titled "The Pirate of the Great South Bay," which was performed by her friends, according to information from the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, named for the Girl Scouts' founder.

The listing agent is Annie Rohrmeier of Eileen Green Realty.

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