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.


Murdock House

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

Inventory Code:   Br36.188-S 
Prepared Date:   2011-08-23 
Last Modified:   1970-01-01 
Original Submitter
Submitter Name:   John Deitz
Submitter Address:   7 Locust Rd.

Brookhaven, NY 11719  
1-Building/Site Name:   Murdock House 
2a-County:   Suffolk    2b-Town:   Brookhaven    2c-Village:   Hamlet of Brookhaven
3-Street Location:    
 4a-Public    4b-Private
5a-Present Owner:    5b-Address:   188 Old Stump Rd.

6a-Original:   Residence

6b-Present:   Residence

 7a-Visible From Road

 7b-Interior Accessible
7b-Interior Comment:   
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:    «»
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:   
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
Other Notable Features of Building and Site
18-Notable Features:      «»
19-Initial Const Date:   Uncertain  
Historic and Architectural Importance
20-Importance:   This house has not been researched fully. It was perhaps one of the first houses built on what would become known as Old Stump road, but was originally known as Railroad Ave. Railroad avenue is thought to have been put through as an extension of Yaphank avenue shorthly after the Brookhaven rail road station was established in about 1881.

On the 1915 E Belcher Hyde map of Brookhaven hamlet, the house is identified as belonging to "Wm. Murdock," and included several vacant parcels that extended north now occupied by residences. The 1915 map also indicates a "Wm. Murdock" associated with a house on Newey Ln. (According to the 1888 Atlas of the Towns of Babylon, Islip and the South Part of Brookhaven, William Murdock also resided in the building presently located at 5 Newey Lane.) This latter William is most likely Captain William Downing Murdock (Capt. Bill, 1869-1940), suggesting perhaps that the William of this residence is another, a likely candidate being William W. Murdock (1848-1918), Capt. Bill's father-in-law.

A photograph from the Barbara Kresse Collection, was undated but perhaps taken in the 1980-90s. It had the following notation: "Martha and Paul Temme bought their house from the Murdocks. Mrs. Temme came from Germany with Ella Gerhardt. They were both friends in the city. Martha worked for Mrs. Michelsen in the city and then also in Brookhaven. She cleaned the house [Rossmore, 191 Old Stump Rd.]. They moved across the street in Brookhaven to be nearer her job. She also cleaned the Lush [house] on the river. There was a path from her house straight thru to the river, instead of roundabout on the road."

Additional research is required to establish when the house was built and early ownership.

21-Sources: 1915 E. Belcher Hyde map of Brookhaven Hamlet.

Nototation on a photograph of the house from the Barbara Kresse Collection.

22-Theme:   Residential  
Prepared By: 
  John Deitz  
Supplemental Material: