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Versatile Southold property has historic roots

This house is one of two residences on

This house is one of two residences on a one-acre lot in Southold available for $399,000. Credit: Handout

A home with deep Southold roots is on the market at $399,000. The property was owned by J.H. Horton, a descendant of one of the area’s founding families.

There are two residences on the one-acre lot. The first is a two-story, 10-room frame house built before 1858, with four bedrooms, one bath, an eat-in kitchen and dining room. The second is a 700-square-foot mobile home atop a cement foundation, circa 1965.

Seller Margret Leonard-Loper, another Horton descendant, recalls living in the house during the 1970s with her parents and grandmother.

“Grandma had chicken coops in the yard,” she says. Her grandfather, who bought the property in 1940, ran an auto service business out of the two-car, detached garage. Behind the house was open farmland, and their neighbor farmer let them pick corn.

The listing agent is Thomas McCarthy of Thomas J. McCarthy Real Estate.

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