Shelter Island’s historic waterfront farm on 22.95 acres


81-82 South Midway Road, Shelter Island, NY 11964

81-82 South Midway Road, Shelter Island, NY 11964
Saunders exclusive: $ 14,995,000

When it comes to Hamptons real estate, it’s all about the pitch. You simply cannot find better land anywhere in the world than the land that exists in the East End. Typically, if you’re looking to buy property here, anything over an acre is considered a lot, but Penelope Moore has a listing located at 81-82 South Midway Road on Shelter Island, which consists of a formidable 22 , 95 acres in a setting that’s so magical and so historic, it’s hard to believe.

81-82 South Midway Road, Shelter Island, NY 11964

“It’s really, really fascinating in terms of history,” says Penelope. “In 1698, George Havens came to Shelter Island and bought a thousand acres from Nathanial Sylvester II whose father claimed ownership of Shelter Island. This property was one of those thousand acres. In the past 271 years there have only been two other families there, the Tuthills and the Robbs who currently own it.

The pre-revolutionary, wood-shingle colonial war that was built around 1750 is named “Kemah,” a Shinnecock word meaning “into the wind” because of its prevailing southwest breezes. With two separate waterfront lots, there are 17.35 raised acres with 385 +/- feet on Great Fresh Pond on the north side, and over 5.6 acres of prairie with 596 +/- feet on Peconic Bay south towards Bridgehampton.

Obadiah Havens, who was a member of the provincial government and 1st lieutenant in the militia during the Revolutionary War, once lived in Kemah. During the British occupation of Shelter Island and the East End, Obadiah fled to Connecticut to continue his patriotic work from there.

“Kemah was vital to the Native Americans who had access to fresh drinking water on Fresh Pond,” Moore said. “From where Midway Road is now, they leveled and then built a large berm, still visible today, to protect the freshwater from saltwater intrusion. They also dug a canal where the canoes were hidden from other tribes. “

The patriarch of the family that currently owns the property, John Donald Robb was a “true Renaissance man”. Moore said: “He bought Kemah during the Great Depression while his wife was on a cruise. From the 1930s to the 1950s, Robb traveled the world interviewing and recording the songs of Indigenous peoples. The 3000-plus field records are now in an archive bearing his name at the University of New Mexico. Without his keen interest, the songs he recorded would have been lost forever. Also a composer, Robb’s music studio, affectionately known as “the henhouse”, is still here on the property. “He and his wife Hattie thrived in Kemah,” said Moore, “they had thirty sheep that grazed in the fields. He sheared their wool, dyed it with pigments from the estate’s fruits and berries, then wove blankets and sweaters using the spinning wheels that are still in the house.

It is the ultimate historic home on an incredible amount of land

The two-story barn built in 1886, where the sheep were housed, is beautiful and very unique to Shelter Island. It has thick wood plank floors with large beams that extend up to two lofts with doors on all sides of the structure. “If someone wanted to build a main house out of the barn, they could create something spectacular,” Moore said.

Some homes say they are historic, but on Shelter Island the history is taken to a whole new level. It is the ultimate historic estate on an incredible amount of land. Penelope goes on to explain, “In many ways the property is like a mini version of Sylvester Manor, it’s so magical. When you walk around the property today, because the foliage has gone down with the winter and there are no leaves on the trees, you can really see the outlines and what you get with the dirt . Few properties epitomize Long Island’s East End history like Kemah does, ”Moore said. “When you take a walk in the park, in the barn and in the house and then look at the water, you really get the feeling that this land has seen countless historical events and great people during its near. 300 years. “

81-82 South Midway Road, Shelter Island, NY 11964

It is a property that we must have seen. It’s just an incredible amount of land to own, it truly is your very own fairytale world on Shelter Island.

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