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Wading River house has portions that date back to 1774

Portions of this Wading River home date back

Portions of this Wading River home date back to 1774. It is listed for $399,000 in March 2013. Credit: Thomas J. McCarthy Real Estate

British colonists hadn’t yet signed the Declaration of Independence when the original portion of this five-bedroom, 2.5-bath home in Wading River was built in 1774. It’s now listed for $399,000.

The original portion of the now 3,850-square-foot residence on 1.54 acres consists of the current living room, dining room and two of bedrooms on the east side of the house, says owner Harry Wood.

Wide-plank wood floors, two original brick fireplaces and late 18th-century wood beams in the basement and living room are among the original features that have been preserved.

“I walk in now, and I look up — they’re the rough-hewed ones — thinking, ‘The person that was there with an ax and all of the tools he used, after he had done that, he might have served with George Washington,’ ” Wood says.

Using bulldozers, Wood says his father in the late 1940s pushed the house onto a new foundation along soaped-up poles while securing the structure with fire hoses.

On its new foundation, his father methodically added onto the residence over the years.

“After he bought the house — I know that he wanted to move it back,” Wood says. “He contacted some of the local contractors — they said it can’t be done. If he was told it can’t be done, he will go ahead and do it.”

The first floor includes a foyer, living room, parlor, formal dining room, eat-in kitchen, four bedrooms, 1.5 baths and a laundry room.

Upstairs, there is a bedroom, a full bath and a large office with built-ins that was constructed by Wood’s father. A full 1,385 square-foot basement includes the home’s utilities.

The property includes a two-car detached garage, says Joshua Whalley, operations manager for Thomas J. McCarthy Real Estate.


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