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Shoreham house now a national treasure

The Josiah Woodhull House in Shoreham has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, according to Brookhaven Councilwoman Jane Bonner.

The house was listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places earlier this year and is a Historic Town Landmark for Brookhaven.

“I am happy that this historic treasure has been recognized with this well-deserved designation,” Bonner said in a statement. “It is our responsibility to preserve the heritage of our town, and I thank the Wading River Historical Society, the Wading River Civic Association, Town Historian Barbara Russell and all the other wonderful people who helped to get the Woodhull House listed on the National Register of Historic Places.”

The  Georgian-style Colonial house was built in 1720 and was once owned by the grandson of Richard Woodhull, one of the founders of Brookhaven. It was donated to the town by KeySpan after the utility bought the land around the property in 2006.

A listing on the National Register recognizes a property’s historical importance and offers it some measure of protection, according to the Wading River Civic Association website.

Properties owned by municipalities and nonprofits are eligible to apply for state historic preservation matching grants, the website said. It was not immediately known whether Brookhaven would apply for such grants.

The Josiah Woodhull House is not open to the public. 

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