Board Mulls Historic Designation For Historic Homestead

  Councilwoman Joan Cergol and Huntington Historical Society Treasurer Toby Kissam in front of the Dr. Samuel Teich exhibit inside of the Teich House. Inset: The town board is considering designating the Teich House at 12 Academy Place in Huntington Station as a historic landmark.   Photos/Town of Huntington

Councilwoman Joan Cergol and Huntington Historical Society Treasurer Toby Kissam in front of the Dr. Samuel Teich exhibit inside of the Teich House. Inset: The town board is considering designating the Teich House at 12 Academy Place in Huntington Station as a historic landmark. Photos/Town of Huntington

By Connor Beach
cbeach@longislandergroup.com

The town board is considering whether or not to add a Huntington Station homestead to the town’s list of designated historical landmarks.

The town purchased the 1.2-acre property at 12 Academy Place four years ago from the grandsons of Max and Rose Teich, for whom the historic homestead is named. The former early 20th century dairy farm also houses an exhibit to renowned Huntington physician Dr. Samuel Teich, who practiced medicine in town from 1935-1985.

With a resolution co-sponsored by Supervisor Chad Lupinacci and Councilwoman Joan Cergol, the board has scheduled a public hearing on the potential historical designation for  March 20, 7 p.m. at Huntington Town Hall.

Following extensive renovations to the property by the town, the Teich Homestead was dedicated during a ceremony in December.

The town approved an agreement at the end of January that allowed caretakers Landon Waugh and Kelly Wilbur to rent the second floor of the historic building for $1,400 a month.

The Teich House also contains the beginnings of an historic exhibit to the Huntington Station community. The exhibit, which is curated by the treasurer of the Huntington Historical Society Toby Kissam, currently includes photographs of Huntington Station around the turn of the century and some memorabilia from the community. Viewing of the Teich House exhibits is currently by appointment only.

Cergol said Tuesday that the town is seeking donations from Huntington residents to help grow the Huntington Station exhibit.

“We invite anyone who is cleaning out their closet, basement or attic and finds a piece of Huntington Station memorabilia, or who has a photograph or relic they want to share, to donate it to the museum,” Cergol said. “These items, when brought together for display at the Max & Rosie Teich Homestead & museum, can weave together a narrative of Huntington Station’s story for all to enjoy for years to come.”

Those interested in donating can call 631-351-3173 to arrange for a delivery or pickup.