The information in this form is based on information in the original South Shore Estuary Survey. Corrections to obvious typographical and spelling errors have been made. Corrections to factual errors, updates or comments on the information are enclosed either in [square brackets] or are clearly indicated as updates in the text.. Since the surveys were conducted in the Summer of 2004, the information reflects that time period unless otherwise noted. Because the South Shore Estuary Survey report format is not entirely consistent with the original Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities/Town of Brookhaven survey formats, there are a few additional fields on this page not found on the original forms. The original South Shore Estuary Survey Report is available as a PDF document by clicking on the below.
South Shore Estuary Survey Form
If checked, this is a Supplemental Form, not included in the original surveys.
382 Main Street
Port Washington, NY 11050 516-767-8803
Long Island Traditions, Inc
Hamlet of Brookhaven
If checked, this site is within the Fire Place (Brookhaven Hamlet) Historic District
Mary Ann Fath
6 Burnett Lane
7a-Visible From Road
Colonial Saltbox Cottage
The building at 6 Burnett Lane sits on the west side of the street. An asphalt drive runs along the north elevation of the building to a side-gabled double-car garage in the rear (west) lot with vertical weatherboard siding, roll-up garage doors, and a wood shingle roof.
Building Dimensions: 29’ x 24’
No. of Floors: 2
Pedimented frontispiece (broken pediment) with sidelights, cornerboards, gable louvers, and a date panel
8d-Board & Batten
9a-Wood Frame Interlocking Joints
9b-Wood Frame Light Members
Asphalt shingle, plain
Six-over-six and eight-over-eight double-hung sash, six-light casement, and three-sided bay windows
Centered glass door on façade (east) and rear (west) entry
Exterior brick end-wall (north) and interior slope pipe chimney
Modification of roof, ca. 1970, and new fenestration throughout building.
[The original house was a Center Gable Cottage, not a Colonial Saltbox Cottage. J.D.]
Photo & Map
Related Outbuildings and Property
Surroundings of the Building
The land across Burnett Lane to the east is a part of the Burnett Lane Nature Preserve. Burnett Lane is one of the last truly country lanes in the Hamlet.
Interrelationship of Building and Surroundings
Other Notable Features of Building and Site
[Probably about 1868 by James Elbert Albin. Current occupant's title records George H. Burnett as property owner in 1854. This date is likely not the date of dwelling construction. It does not appear to be identified on 1858 Caace Map, but is identified on 1873 Beers map as E. Albin, one of the owners of record after 4 Mar 1868. Elbert was listed in the 1870 and 1880 censuses in a location consistent with residing in this dwelling.
J. Elbert Albin is the brother of Robert S. Albin who owned and operated a store at Historic Structure ID Br18, a short distance further east along Beaverdam Rd. J.D.]
Historic and Architectural Importance
According to a chain of title provided by the current homeowner, Mary Ann Fath, George H. Burnett lived in this residence from February 27, 1854 until September 12, 1868. Elbert (Albert) Albin then gained title on March 4, 1868 and retained ownership until December 22, 1891. His wife, Hannah, and son, Chauncey, were recorded as owners from March 7, 1890 to December 22, 1891, suggesting Elbert's death about 1890. According to the 1873 Atlas of Long Island, Elbert is also in possession of the building presently located at 3 Newey Lane [Historic Structure ID Br16.1.6-S. See note below]. He appeared on the 1870 census in Fire Place (now Brookhaven Hamlet) in the Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York as a fisherman. He later appeared on the 1880 census as a bayman. Elbert Albin is the brother of Robert S. Albin who owned and operated a grocery store in the building that is currently located at 340 Beaver Dam Road [Historic Structure ID Br18].
[I do not believe that George H. Burnett built the house. George Burnett lived at 325 Beaver Dam Rd., Historic Structure ID Br18B. While the land was a part of the original Burnett farm, I suspect they sold the parcel to the Albin family in 1868, who then perhaps built the house. In 1860, the Albins were living in Manorville; and the census record strongly suggest they were living in this house in 1870. There is some evidence that the Burnett family was beginning to face financially troubled times by the mid-nineteenth century, and were selling some of their land.]
[While the 1873 Atlas clearly identifies an E. Albin with both this structure and the dwelling at 3 Newey Lane, census records suggest that the Newey Lane dwelling belonged to Ebenezer Albin. Living near to Ebenezer was Albert J. Albin. Both Ebenezer and Albert were also fishermen/baymen. While I suspect they are all related, I have not yet established the connection. J.D.]
The building transferred ownership ca. 1970 from George Bishop to the Fath family. They remodeled the building to its current appearance
[History of Property Ownership:
George H. Burnett, 27 Feb 1854 - 12 Sep 1868
Elbert Albin, James E. Albin, 4 Mar 1868 - 22 Dec 1891
Ida Salter (his daughter), Lillian Squires (his daughter), Hannah M. Albin (his wife), Chauncey DeF. Albin (his son, 7 Aug 1890 - 22 Dec 1891
Miron O. Sherwood, 17 Dec 1891 - 24 Apr 1901
Elizabeth L. Bishop, 13 Apr 1901 -1970
Fath family, 1970 - present JD.]
Beers, F.W. Atlas of Long Island (1873).
Deitz, John B. 2000 - 2004. Brookhaven, New York; available from
http://prometheusli.com/hamlet/history/BuildingInventoryForm.asp?InventoryCode=Br18B.2-S; Internet; accessed 2 July 2004.
Gottfried, Herbert and Jan Jennings. American Vernacular Design, 1870-1940. New
York: Van Norstrand Reinhold, 1985