Southold, NY

Historic Case House at Cleo’s Corner

Project Type

Stewardship, Farms for the Future

Acreage

5.7

Things to do

Farming

Access

Limited

Address
Horton Lane and Route 48, Southold, NY

About

Affordable Housing for Farmers

Our farms and farmers are vital to the beauty and economy of our town. Restoring the historic Case House will help a farmer by creating a farm that is affordable, complete with a house and five acres of prime fields. Imagine you’re a new farmer, passionate about your work, struggling to get started. You finally find farmland you can afford to rent. You’re working very long days, six to seven days a week, trying to combat all the challenges and uncertain returns that come with farming. Then you can’t find an affordable home for your family nearby so you can keep an eye on your fields. 

This project will help local farmers succeed. 

Last year, the historic 1747 Lt. Moses Luther Case House was donated to the Trust. The house itself was given to us – not the land it was on. We had to move it to make sure this piece of history was preserved. Luckily, we had a perfect spot – Cleo’s Corner.

Cleo’s Corner is part of the Trust’s Farms for the Future Initiative at Charnews Farm. It’s located on Horton’s Lane and Route 48 in Southold, and the property includes a 5-acre farm field that can be leased to new farmers. We’ve already moved the Case House to this parcel.

But the work is far from over. New electric and plumbing, bathrooms and a kitchen will have to be updated or added to convert the house into a family home.

Once the restoration is complete, we hope to find a new farmer who can lease the home and surrounding farmland. They would then have an affordable home overlooking fields they farm, streamlining their work and expenses. And they would be mentored by our staff as part of our Farms for the Future Initiative.

This initiative is a groundbreaking effort designed to give new farmers a helping hand. It provides affordable farmland leases, mentoring, infrastructure, safety training, and equipment. It helps ensure that the farmland we are fighting to preserve remains in agricultural production. If we are able to include housing that is affordable as well, it will be a win-win for everyone!

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Historic Heritage

We’ve all watched as more and more of our historic homes and heritage disappear across the East End. When we discovered the Case House needed help, we knew we had to act quickly.

This double-cape colonial house is like a time capsule. Inside, the original 1747 wide plank floors, plaster, and moldings are reflective of the American Cape Cod style. It was later renovated in 1830. As a result, the house uniquely blends the original American Cape Cod style with the later Greek Revival style common in the mid-19th century.

Help save and restore this piece of history!

It was home to Lt. Moses Case, a member of one of Southold Town’s founding families and a ‘Patriot of the Revolution’. He had this home built in 1747, just before his marriage to Mary Hutchinson, and raised seven children here.

Moses Luther Case was born September 9, 1723 in Southold, Suffolk County and died September 25, 1814 at the age of 91. He was the son of Samuel and Zeriah (Horton) Case and was married to Mary (Hutchinson) Case on February 23, 1748. They had seven (7) children: Gilbert Case, Luther Case, Mary Case, Elizabeth “Betsy” (Case) Terry, Martha Case, Moses Luther Case, and Matthias Case.

Moses Luther Case was a decorated Lieutenant in the local militia during the Revolutionary War. He became a Captain in November 1775 and according to the book, “The Descendants of Thomas Hutchinson of Southold, N.Y. 1666-1982”, he signed the Articles of Association in May of 1775. Lt. Moses Luther Case is recognized as a Patriot of the Revolution. Upon his death in 1814, he was buried in his home town of Southold, New York.

Over the years it’s been home to several north fork families – Goodale, Terry, Appley, and King to name just a few. At one time it even served as a meeting house for the community.

Why Peconic Land Trust?

Along with preserving farms for future generations, and training new farmers, an important part of the Trust’s mission is to preserve our heritage for future generations.

We have a record of preserving historic homes and buildings on the East End and in other parts of Long Island like Stony Brook.

Combining this historic home with preserved farmland to create a farmstead is the perfect mix of historic and farmland preservation. It shows how the past and present can not only coexist, but also sustain one another.

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Project Goals

  • Make the house a viable, affordable farm homestead as part of our Farms for the Future Initiative, which trains new farmers.
  • Preserve this historic pre-revolutionary home.
  • Restore the Case House to the best version of the periods it represents, helping to maintain the rural character of the North Fork.

The Project So Far

The first part of the project has been completed. The Case House has been moved and stabilized:

  • Summer 2018 - approvals and permits were obtained from the Town. Contractors and the moving company were lined up.
  • Fall 2018 - the old house on Cleo’s Corner, which was no longer habitable, was torn down. The site was cleared and leveled and a new foundation was poured.
  • Winter/Spring 2019 - the Case house slowly moved across farm fields and 2 roads to finally settle onto its new foundation.
  • Summer 2019 - Restoration began.

To learn more about how the Case House crossed the road, see the following news articles:

A big thank you to the people who helped us with this phase of the project: SPC Landscape Contracting, historic architect John Cunniffe of Cunniffe Architects, contractor Sid Beebe of Sid Beebe & Sons Builders, and historic house mover Stanley Kazel of Dawn Movers.

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Be a Part of History!

Your gift to the Case House project will allow us to carefully restore as much of the period detailing as possible. We’ll update the electric, plumbing, roof, and add bathrooms and a kitchen to make it livable for a modern family as part of our Farms for the Future Initiative.

Our goal to save and restore this historic gem is $500,000. Make your gift today!

Contact Alison Delaney, Development Officer at ADelaney@PeconicLandTrust.org if you would like more information.

About our Farms for the Future Initiative

The Peconic Land Trust is working to ensure that Long Island’s farms and farming communities remain viable and productive now and into the future.

In 2008 we introduced the Farms for the Future Initiative. This groundbreaking program seeks to protect our rich, productive soils for new and established farmers today and for generations to come. Its primary objectives are to:

  1. Create and implement a new set of conservation tools that will keep farmland accessible, affordable, and sustainable.
  2. Buy, protect, rebuild, and resell farms to farmers.
  3. Develop and expand our farmland leasing program to offer land and mentoring to the next generation of farmers.
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About Cleo’s Corner

The property at Cleo’s Corner was donated to the Peconic Land Trust by Anne and Tom Hubbard in 2011. It was part of three parcels – a house lot and two open farm fields – totaling 5.7 acres. The Hubbards had previously protected the properties from development with the exception of a replacement to the existing house. When it was given to the Trust, Mr. Cleo Sellers held a life estate on the house. He passed away in 2016.

The house had fallen into disrepair. Trust staff consulted with experts and felt that the house couldn’t be saved. If we wanted to continue to provide housing for our local community, it would have to be replaced. Since the Case House is essentially the same size as the original house on the property it seemed like the perfect option. The Town of Southold agreed and approved the move of the Case House to Cleo’s Corner.

Visitor Information

During the relocation and restoration phases, we invite you to come by the Agricultural Center at Charnews Farm to learn more about our Farms for the Future Initiative and the Community and Learning garden programs. The Ag Center is located at 3005 Young's Avenue -- just across the way from Cleo's Corner.

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Historic Case House at Cleo's Corner

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Historic Case House at Cleo's Corner

Horton Lane and Route 48, Southold, NY

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