The prospective owner says he wants to return the home — which once belonged to generations of the town’s founding Smith family — to its former glory.
A view of Ebo Hill from the front lawn. The estates grounds once extended to the Nissequogue River.
Although the first-floor windows were boarded, area teens sometimes broke in and used the mansion as an illicit hangout spot, said Richard Longobardi, who is selling Ebo Hill to Richard Albano.
Ebo Hill mansion, whose 16 bedrooms, towering portico and 48 acres of woodland made it one of Smithtown’s grandest before it fell into decline decades ago, is being bought and renovated.
The 1845 home’s unusual name may derive from that of a Native American boy or chief, according to archives in the Smithtown Library’s Long Island Room. Another account in the archives suggests the name might be of an enslaved person. The pillars, added to the home in the early 19th century, are about 20 feet tall.
The house fell into disrepair, said Brad Harris, the town historian. “For as long as I can remember it has always been boarded up, the grounds unkempt.”
Richard Albano said he would make some changes to make the home livable but preserve as many of the home’s features as possible.
One of the mansions seven bathrooms. Albano said he would keep the fixtures.
An interior shot of one of the mansions staircases. The home was last occupied in 2001, Richard Albano said.
Fireplace in the reception hall.
Richard Albano and his workers found two-inch thick plaster on the walls so badly water-damaged it will all have to be removed.
An electric switch at the house, which is in disrepair.
Richard Albano said he would move the home about 75 feet east to make the backyard bigger.
In the grand first-floor reception room, Richard Albano pointed to discrete servant-summoning buttons and intricate wood ceiling molding. “All done by hand,” he said. “There was no machine.”
Closets at the mansion.
Intricate wood ceiling molding inside the mansion. Owner Richard Albano said it was hand-carved.
An antique light bulb Richard Albano found hanging in the basement. It didnt work.
Close-up of the walk-in larder once chilled by water pumped from the Nissequogue River.
Ebo Hill reception hall.
Wall-mounted buttons on the grand first-floor reception room. Albano believes the buttons were used to summon servants.
Needlepoint work found inside the mansion.