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Colonial on Southold co-founder’s former land lists for $385,000

Barnabas Horton, a co-founder of Southold, once owned

Barnabas Horton, a co-founder of Southold, once owned the land on which this circa-1940 Southold Colonial was built. The house is on the market for $385,000. Credit: Lewis & Nickles Real Estate

This circa-1940 Southold Colonial was built on land once owned by hamlet co-founder Barnabas Horton, its current owner says. The three-bedroom, 1 1⁄2 -bath home is listed for $385,000.

Beyond the front Dutch door, there are refurbished wood floors, original glass kitchen cabinet doors and a central fireplace with a “witch’s arm” for hanging pots, says listing agent John Nickles of Lewis & Nickles Real Estate. He is co-listing with John Nickles Jr.

That central fireplace serves a living room with built-in bookshelves and a window-lined dining space with built-in shelves and cabinets. Nearby, there is an updated kitchen. A rounded arch leads to stairs and three second-floor bedrooms and a full bath.

A screened porch is original to the home, which was designed by architect Radar Carstensen, says current owner Barbara Terry Charnews. Copper plumbing, wiring and oil tanks have been recently updated, Nickles adds.

Rensselaer Terry Sr. inherited the property in 1922, which included a Victorian corner home and a barn; he tore down the barn and built this 1,144-square-foot home in its place for his three sisters, Charnews says.

Terry inherited the corner homestead from Elizabeth Bunce Terry, which was a portion of Barnabas Horton’s expansive land holdings spanning from Main Road to the Long Island Sound. He and a handful of English Puritans founded Southold in 1640, which is regarded as the first English settlement on Long Island.

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