Monday, January 26, 2015

Resurrecting the Concer House

 
In September of 2013 an application was made to demolish the homestead of Pyrrhus Concer at 51 Pond Lane in Southampton Village and replace it with a new home. The application was denied three months later by the Southampton Village Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review after which the property owners sued the Village of Southampton who settled, with the stipulation that all original period fabric be able to be extracted prior to the site being cleared and a sign be erected describing the historic significance of the property’s association with Concer. The historic c.1805 fabric has since been extracted and the site was cleared. A sign has not yet been erected.
 
In late December 2014 the current property owners decided not to proceed with their building plans and have placed the property on the market for sale. This is an opportunity! The property should be purchased by the Town of Southampton so that 1) the Concer homestead can be re-erected on its original property and 2) archaeological investigations can be made on the property which are likely to yield additional important information. Both of these endeavors will ensure that a rare and precious historic resource directly related to Southampton slavery and local African American whalers will be preserved and made available to the public for educational purposes.
 
If you agree, please paste the following statement into an email and send it to the Southampton Town Clerk at: SSchermeyer@southamptontownny.gov:
 
Dear Madame Supervisor and Members of the Southampton Town Board:
I, [state your name], a [resident] [second home owner] [visitor] of Southampton, wholeheartedly endorse that the Southampton Town Board purchase the property at 51 Pond Lane, Southampton Village, so that 1) the Concer homestead can be re-erected on its original property and 2) archaeological investigations can be made on the property which are likely to yield additional important information. Both of these endeavors will ensure that a rare and precious historic resource directly related to Southampton slavery and local African American whalers will be preserved and American history, and Southampton Village more particularly, will be preserved and made available to the public for educational and promotional purposes, and especially when much of the same across Long Island has been largely eradicated.
Signed,
[name]
 
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