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Marion Carll Farm Sits in Limbo [Empty in Commack]

Historic property has been closed to the public for decades.

Like a forgotten colonial relic, the Marion Carll farm remains tucked away on the north side of Jericho Turnpike, its sprawling grounds and century-old farmhouse left virtually untouched for decades.

Though members of the public have not tread on the farm since the late 1960's, Mother Nature certainly has. Years of heavy snow and rain have battered the house and torn a large hole in the roof.

With maintenance costs rising, the property has become a point of contention in the community.

Since it was deeded to the Commack School District by Marion Carll in 1969, the farm's history has been a rocky one. Last year, a referendum to sell the farm to a developer was . Over the summer, the district announced it would put the property out to bid once again. Despite talks of several interested parties, Superintendent Donald James announced the district had received at the Board of Education meeting earlier this month.

While several civic groups, including the Commack Community Association, the Huntington Historical Society, the Peconic Land Trust and the Rotary Club of Commack-Kings Park fight to protect the property, which was established in 1701 and is on the National Register of Historic Places, the property remians closed to Commack residents.

Do you have a vision for the Marion Carll Farm? What would you like to see become of it? Tell us in the comments.

Commackian December 02, 2011 at 06:01 PM
Commack ambulance has been trying to get this property for approx 15 years but with no luck
Re December 05, 2011 at 12:11 AM
The school district should use the farm for classroom programs. The one room schoolhouse was built in the 1990s with a new heating system and handicapped accessible bathroom. The maintenance staff sometimes uses it ; why not make it available to others? The NY Parks dept pumped about $500,000 into the property to totally renovate the 2 barns in the 1990s. . Demand to see this property and you will see the possibilities! The money the school spends on legal fees could be better used to have their grant writer obtain grants. The school lawyer himself ran a " Friends of the Marion Carll farm" organization until he disbanded it
DFUSCO December 06, 2011 at 04:17 AM
I still dont understand how the school district thinks they have the legal right to sell a property whose deed says ownership reverts back to the heirs if not used fr the donated purpose. I read about volunteers replacing a silo roof this summer on the patch, volunteers would jump at the chance to fix up the Carll farm but the district won't let anyone onto the property. The district should let an organization who legitimately cares about the farm take it over and run it successfully for educational purposes per the will of the donor - a real educator. Any few dollars the district would get for such a historic site would just be squandered on some step raise , administrative stipend, etc. Commack boards have a pattern of letting properties go into "disrepair" and then trying to sell them. Let the students who study trades, Boy scouts, contractor volunteers, supply house donations, etc. repair the damage perpetrated by the school administrators and then let a competent not for profit run and take care of it.
DFUSCO December 06, 2011 at 04:19 AM
The Silo roof replaced by volunteers was at Hoyt Farm I believe
Arthur Reilly Jr April 30, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Not a senior. There is both a moral dilema here as the owner could have sold it herself. Seems that fact is lost on many. Fee's associate with the Farm have been made up mostly of legal fee's as it is more like $25,000.00 per year in actual direct costs. The hole in the roof has been allowed to atrophy for over five years and only in 2010 did they place a tarp on it. No one has explained that either. With your rationale we may as well sell Hoyt's Farm as imagine how many homes and tax revenue we could appreciate with 130 acres. As far as other options the district had a contract ready to sign for a handicapped school adn equestrian center. Which by the way they could have proceeded with.

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