Unless indicated below, this is a transcript of the original Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities/Town of Brookhaven survey form. Since most of the surveys were conducted in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, much of the information reflects that time period.

Corrections to obvious typographical and spelling errors have been made. Corrections to factual errors in the original surveys, and updates or comments on the information are either enclosed in [square brackets], or are clearly indicated as updated material from the context of the comments.

Sites with an Inventory Code suffix of “S” are supplemental sites not included in the original surveys.


"Fireplace Farm" [Ezra King house]

 If checked, this is a Supplemental Form, not in the original surveys.

Inventory Code:   Br17 
Prepared Date:   1982-08-16 
Last Modified:   1970-01-01 
Original Submitter
Submitter Name:   Town of Brookhaven/SPLIA
Submitter Address:   Town Hall
205 S. Ocean Ave.
Patchogue, NY 11772  
Organization:   Brookhaven Community Development Agency
1-Building/Site Name:   "Fireplace Farm" [Ezra King house] 
2a-County:   Suffolk    2b-Town:   Brookhaven    2c-Village:   Hamlet of Brookhaven
3-Street Location:    
 4a-Public    4b-Private
5a-Present Owner:   David Allison 5b-Address:   352 Beaver Dam Rd., Brookhaven

6a-Original:   residence

6b-Present:   residence

 7a-Visible From Road

 7b-Interior Accessible
7b-Interior Comment:   by appointment
Building Materials



 8d-Board & Batten



Structural System
 9a-Wood Frame Interlocking Joints    9b-Wood Frame Light Members:   9c-Masonry:
9d-Metal Comment:   
 9e-Other Comment:   
   10a-Excellent   10b-Good   10c-Fair    10d-Deteriorated
  11a-Original Site  11b-Moved If so, when?
11c-Alterations:   One section [at east end] removed down the street and converted to house [Br16.7-S]  «»
Photo & Map
12-Photo Photos and images
[Threats were not evaluated in the original South Shore Estuary Survey.  They are an evaluation by J. Deitz]
  14a-None Known:   14b-Zoning   14c-Roads
  14d-Developers   14e-Deterioration
Related Outbuildings and Property
 15a-Barn  15b-Carriage House  15c-Garage
 15d-Privy  15e-Shed   15f-Greenhouse
 15g-Shop  15h-Gardens   15i-Landscape Features
15i-Landscape Features:   overlooks marsh & wetlands to south
Surroundings of the Building
 16a-Open Land  16b-Woodland  16c-Scattered Bldgs.
 16d-Densely Built-up  16e-Commercial  16f-Industrial
 16g-Residential 16h-Other:   
Interrelationship of Building and Surroundings
17-Interrelationships:  This house is located on Beaver Dam Road, which was first opened in 1735.  
Other Notable Features of Building and Site
18-Notable Features:    The dining room of this house was originally part of a three room cottage owned by [Elisha E. King]* on the same site, c. 1860-70 There is a circular brick basement under this section.

* Original survey indicated that his name was Ezra King. Subsequent research suggests that it was Ezra's father, Elisha, who first resided there (and perhaps built the original cottage). See full research at related link.
19-Initial Const Date:   1860; before 1915.  
Historic and Architectural Importance
20-Importance:   2 1/2 story, gable roof, stucco and shingle house in the English manner. Façade divided into three asymmetrical sections, each with its own gable. Balustrade at roof line. Jacobean chimney pots. High stuccoed wall close to street, and a mounting block. That this was a small horse farm, with a riding academy and very serious riding taking place may explain some of its English hunting print character.
In 1933, Alan G. Baker was reported as the occupant and it was called "Fire Place Farm."

Atlas of Suffolk County, L.I., easterly section, Vol. I, New York: S. Belcjer-Hyde, publisher, 1915, pl 13.

Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society Christmas Tour of Old Houses, Dec. 14, 1959. Guide.

LI Advance 2 Oct 2008, "From the Archives of the Long Island Advance. 75 Years Ago." Residence name and occupant reported.

Name Elisha E. King obtained from Suffolk County Deeds, Liber 554, p. 74, researched by Richard AS. Thomas.

22-Theme:   residential  
Prepared By: 
  Ellen Williams, research assistant  
Supplemental Material:

From Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society Christmas Tour of Old Houses, Dec 14, 1959: "Ezra [Elisha] King House (1860-1870) was originally a three room cottage, now the present dining room. Interesting old English pewter and brasses and several old hunting prints. Owned by Mrs. Alan Baker."

From the 1930 New York Social Blue Book, the address for Mr. And Mrs. Alan Griffin Baker was given as 14 E60 St, Brooklyn & "Fire Place Farm," Brookhaven, L.I.

Suffolk County Deed Records, Liber 554, p. 74.
This Indenture, made this 28th day of May in the year of our Lord 1904,
Between Oscar F. Fanning, Referee in the action hereinafter mentioned, of the Village of Riverhead in the County of Suffolk, New York, of the first part, and Hugh H. Harrison of the City of New York, in the County of New York, New York, of the second part.
At a Special Term of the County Court of Suffolk County, held at Village of Patchogue, on the 14th day of April 1904, it was among other things, ordered, adjudged and decreed by the said Court, in a certain action then pending in the said Court, between Francis S. Woodhull against Elisha E. King, Ezra B. King, and Agnes M. King,
That all and singular the premises described in a mortgage executed by Elisha E. King to Francis S. Woodhull, and recorded in Suffolk County Clerk’s office, in Liber 267 of Mortgages at page 259, and being the same premises mentioned in the complaint in said action, and in said judgment described, or such part thereof as is sufficient to discharge the mortgage debt, the expenses of the sale, and costs, of said action, and which might be sold separately without material injury to the parties interested, be sold at public auction, according to law and practice of said court, by and under the direction of the said Oscar F. Fanning, who was appointed a Referee in said action and to whom it was referred by the said judgment , among other things, to make such sale, that the said sale be made in the County where the said mortgaged premises, or the greater part thereof, are situated, that said Referee give public notice of the time and place of such sale, according to the course and practice of said Court, and that any of the parties in said action might become a purchaser or purchasers on such sale, that the said Referee execute to the purchaser or purchasers of the said mortgaged premises or such part or parts thereof as shall be sold, a good and sufficient deed or deeds of conveyance for the same and pay taxes, assessments, or water rates which were liens upon the property sold etc.
And Whereas,
The said Referee in pursuance of the order and judgment of the said Court, did on the 28th day of May 1904, sell at public auction at the Bank Building in the village of Riverhead, Suffolk County, New York, the premises in the said order and judgment mentioned, due notice of the time and place of such sale being first given pursuant to said judgment; at which sale the premises hereinafter described, were fairly struck off, to the said party of the second part for the sum of Eight Hundred and Ten Dollars ($810.00) the highest bidder therefor.
Now, this Indenture Witnesseth,
That the said Referee, the party of the first part to these presents, in order to carry into effect the sale so made by him as aforesaid, in pursuance of the order and judgments of said Court, and in conformity to the Statute in such case made and provided, and also in consideration of the premises, and of the said sum of money so bidden as aforesaid having been first duly paid by the said party of the second part, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, hath bargained and sold and by these presents doth grant and convey unto the said party of the second part, all the right, title and interest which the said Elisha E. King mortgagors aforesaid, had at the time of the execution or recording of said mortgage, it being their interest in said premises which was so sold and is hereby conveyed in and to All that Tract or Parcel of Land, situate in the Town of Brookhaven, County of Suffolk, and State of New York, bounded and described as follows:
Commencing at the northwest corner of said tract at the north end of a certain fence and adjoining the highway known as Fire Place Neck Road and at the northeast corner of a right of way running thence southerly by the fence as it now stands, one hundred and fifty feet, thence easterly one hundred and fifty feet, thence northerly one hundred and fifty feet to the main street or Fire Place Neck Road, thence westerly by and with said street or road one hundred feet to the place of beginning.
To Have and to Hold, All and singular the premises above mentioned and described, and hereby conveyed unto the said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns forever.
In Witness Whereof, The said party of the first part, . .