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First Lady Designates Brookhaven as Preserve America Community

Town receives national recognition for accomplishments in preserving special places and telling the nation’s story.

Recognized for its effort in preserving special places and telling the nation’s story, the Town of Brookhaven was designed a Preserve America Community by First Lady Michelle Obama.

This designation allows Brookhaven to use Preserve American logos on educational and promotional materials, and it will be listed in a web-based directory that showcase’s the town’s efforts and heritage tourism destinations.

There are currently three other Long Island communities to receive the Preserve America stamp of approval: Oyster Bay Hamlet, Shelter Island and Great Neck Plaza.

According to the town, more than 850 Preserve America Communities have been designated in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and two U.S. territories, including historic neighborhoods within large cities and tribal communities.

“I thank the First Lady for recognizing Brookhaven Town’s efforts to preserve our heritage and tell the story of our 356 year history,” said Brookhaven Supervisor Mark Lesko, in a statement. “We have many fine examples of restored historic properties including the Longwood Estate in Ridge, Hobbs Farm in Centereach; and the Swan River Schoolhouse in East Patchogue that are open to the public and used for educational programming.”

Preserve America is a federal program that encourages and supports community efforts to preserve and enjoy priceless cultural and natural heritage. The Town of Brookhaven is home to 46 Town-designated landmarks, 23 New York State Registered Landmarks, 33 National Register Properties, and one National Historic Landmark. 

According to the town, another important component to the designation is a focus on cooperative projects between government and not-for-profits, including Hobbs Farm, the Swan River Schoolhouse, the Long Island Music Hall of Fame building in Port Jefferson, the historic photo exhibit at Town Hall and the Terryville Union Hall/Cumsewogue-Terryville Historical Society.

Jenn H. November 30, 2011 at 01:27 AM
Does this mean brookhaven will not allow a new building for walmart to go in and they'll actually preserve the land and reuse abandoned buildings?? Does this mean mom and pop shops on main streets will be preserved? Does this mean they will still preserve and relocate the old patchogue library? :)
Dan November 30, 2011 at 03:02 PM
Now wait a minute! Walmart can become an historic landmark in E.Patchogue. Known for closing small business, and creating traffic jams in a residential neighborhood. Perhaps for hampering ambulances from getting to Brookhaven Hospital. It can become Brookhavens most famous landmark. Im sure it will attract tourist's.
BillLongisland February 23, 2012 at 07:47 PM
If Mooch-elle Obama knew how Jane Bonner hoodwinked Voters in District 2 with her Fake Environmental Charade, she would have another thing to be "Proud About" !

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