Behind this antique Port Jefferson home, listed for $469,000, is a separate building with wood shingles and a sliding door. Thomas Schroeder, who owns the house with his wife, Valerie, says it looks a lot like a one-story garage.
“But being there’s no access to that side of the house to get a car in, we wondered what the sense was,” Schroeder says.
Turns out, long ago, there wasn’t a house to the north of the property. That particular area originally provided a pathway, not for a car, but for a horse and carriage.
The property’s original carriage barn in back of the house, originally meant to store a horse and buggy, still stands. It is “one of the many little things at the house that are telltale signs of the past,” says listing agent Donna Butcher of Coach Realtors.
There’s also the original post and beam construction that’s visible in the den, the circular cellar, the tin roof and the original wood-burning fireplaces in the living room and master bedroom. There’s even a hitching post to tie up horses near the brick driveway on the side yard.
The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home was built about 1835 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Schroeder says the house once belonged to a member of the Bayles family, shipbuilders in Port Jefferson in the 1800s.
“It’s so unchanged and authentic,” Schroeder says. “The basic structure is exactly the same as when it was built. It’s the same way they lived in 1835, except now we have $25,000 worth of brand-new Anderson windows.”
Along with other updates. An attached two-story greenhouse that provides about 400 square feet of indoor planting was added in 1986. The original pass-through bathroom, with doors leading to separate rooms at each end, was converted into a closet area. A rock garden and fish pond were added to the backyard. And, of course, modern electrical and heating systems were implemented.
The house is on a 81-by-90-foot lot.