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Volunteers needed to paint historic LI house

The Fitz-Greene-Hallock Homestead was built circa 1888 and

The Fitz-Greene-Hallock Homestead was built circa 1888 and donated to the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society in 1995. (Aug. 10, 2011) Photo Credit: Erin Geismar

After running through the money it raised to paint the historic Fitz-Greene-Hallock Homestead, the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society is hoping it can get the rest of the job done for free.

The society previously raised about $9,000 to repaint the exterior of the house, built in 1888, but has spent nearly all of that money on supplies and labor since a professional painter began the job in early June, said Evelyn Vollgraff, president of the historical society. The painter, a historical house restoration specialist, is volunteering her services but her crew has been paid.

“We’ve had a lot of members that gave us donations,” Vollgraff said. “But you get to a point where after a while you start to run out of money.”

The window frames, porch steps and other “finishing touches” have yet to be painted, so the historical society is welcoming the community to a “house-painting party” on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The house is located at 2869 Pond Rd. in Lake Ronkonkoma.

Vollgraff said attendees should bring their own paintbrushes and the society will provide the paint (and a barbecue lunch).

The Fitz-Greene-Hallock Homestead was willed to the historical society by a descendant of one of the estate’s original owners, who asked the society to maintain it. Vollgraff said the house was re-shingled before the society acquired it in 1995 but this is its first paint job.

“Hopefully, we’ll finish the job,” Vollgraff said.

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