A Mattituck cabin listed for $489,000 sits along Laurel Lake with a private dock, a wood-burning stove and Long Island history.
A boat builder constructed the cabin for himself in 1930. The 847-square-foot home, which recently went into contract, has bead board and shiplap pine wood paneling throughout the house. On the second floor, there’s a large sleeping loft with a sitting area that overlooks the living room.
“From the screened porch, you’re looking down through the rhododendrons and white pines and moss lawn out on to the lake that’s stocked with bass and trout, so you can go fishing off the dock and paddle boarding,” says listing agent Gerald Cibulski, of Century 21 Albertson Realty. “When the lake freezes over in the winter, there’s ice fishermen out there.”
Situated on a quarter-acre near the more-than-400-acre Laurel Lake Preserve, the two-bedroom house has a half-bathroom, a screened-in porch, a stone fireplace and an outdoor shower.
Terry Koch-Bostich, a genealogist and historian who owns the cabin next door, says the lake has been part of the farming culture of this area of Long Island for years. Some of Long Island's original families — the Hallocks, Tuthills, Youngs, and Kirkups — owned property around the lake.
The house for sale and Koch-Bostich's cabin were owned by a man named W.S. Tuthill until some time before 1920, when Charles Jazombek, a Polish émigré, bought the 30-acre property. When he died suddenly, his widow sold off the land.
A sales brochure from the time states that living at Laurel Lake provides “the privilege of a wealthy man’s club at a cost to suit the poor man’s pocketbook.”
“The original marketing plan of this place was to come here and enjoy the outdoors: the lake, the fishing, the hunting,” notes Koch-Bostich.
Jeff Walden, director of the Mattituck-Laurel Library, says that Laurel Lake was home to two boys’ summer camps: Camp Molloy, founded by the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, was situated on the south side of the lake from 1926 to 1977, and Camp Momoweta, from 1947 through 1968, on the north.