The Witch's Hat Historic Restoration
A Big Community Success!
October 25, 2014
The Witch's Hat was celebrated today by the volunteers, owner, contractors and suppliers
that made this community project happen. Save Main Road, the Landmarks Preservation
Commission and several key local contractors worked together flawlessly to save an historic
architectural gem. The Witch's Hat, built in 1927 can be enjoyed by millions who visit our area
and is now ready to withstand another 87+ years of North Fork inspiration.
Originally built as a roadside stand for ice cream and various sundries, this quirky structure
is recognized by visitors and locals alike as a symbol of what's great about the North Fork.
We are grateful to Clement Carpentry, Alan Hubbard Electric, Mastercraft Painting, Riverhead Glassworks, Klatt Sheetmetal, Kaiser Maintrenance, Jared Hallock, Gary Hubbard, Gabrielsen Construction, RCR Backflow, Revco Electrical Supply, Riverhead Building Supply, Van Kamenade Paint, Wedel Signs, Lampa Projects and all the Save Main Road Volunteers.
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Save Main Road has undertaken a project to restore this unique & cherished Aquebogue landmark. We’re working with the property owner, local contractors, & building materials suppliers to craft a practicable plan to a] stabilize the structure, & b] return it to its former glory.
Kaiser Maintenance has gone in and cut down the trees that are in the way and sprayed all the poison ivy in the area. Thanks, Larry!!!! Your commitment to our community is much appreciated!
Thanks, and together we will…. SAVE MAIN ROAD
“Village” Lawsuit [Wheels Turning Slowly]
Though this SMR project is vital, the report is dull as can be: we conducted research, spent lots of time & even more money, & re-filed our lawsuit. The developer moved to dismiss, the Town missed deadline after deadline, then moved to dismiss, & we replied why dismissal would be absurd.
Now we wait. Whoever coined the line about the wheels of justice turning slowly certainly got it right. We’ll keep you posted.
NY Times Loves Riverhead
If you haven’t yet seen it, check out this week’s NY Times Sunday Real Estate section:
Special kudos here to Richard Wines…not just for the great quotes he contributed to the article, but for spearheading the successful effort to establish the historic district, which continues to assure preservation & accelerate the resurgence of downtown.
As the story makes clear, this status has given Riverhead a big boost. Well done, Landmarks team!
Matching Gift Still Available
For all the things we do—but especially for our legal fund—we need contributions. Save Main Road has no paid staff, & every nickel is well-spent on our thrifty budget. Please give if you can.
>>>We also need creative volunteers for our fundraising committee! Please contact Georgette: firstname.lastname@example.org
By donating to Save Main Road via Group for the East End:
· your contribution will be doubled
· all contributions are 100% tax-deductible
· you can give by credit card: Group for the East End [click “Save Main Road—Jamesport”], OR mail your check to Group for the East End/SMR, Box 1792, Southold NY 11971
SMR & Riverhead Landmarks Committee Meet with NYSHPO April 21, 2013
SMR met with New York State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to present the Main Road Historic Survey and get more direction on our future submission of all of Main Road as an historic district. Our plan is to create a National Historic District that would give property owners substantial tax incentives to restore their buildings and keep Riverhead rural.
SMR is an unincorporated association of some 300 individuals, 90% of whom own homes or businesses in Jamesport, South Jamesport, & Aquebogue. Our mission is to protect & preserve both the rural character of Main Road, & the agritourism economy it makes possibleWe have partnered with Richard Wines and the Riverhead Landmarks Preservation Committee
to author a new survey of Main Road. We hope to create a new Main Road historic district
that could benefit property owners with substantial tax benefits.