Historical Museum Puts Windows Up for Adoption

Halsey House windows are in need of repair.
Halsey House windows are in need of repair. Photo credit: Southampton Historical Museum

Southampton Historical Museum is looking to fix and restore the 43 windows at the 1660 Halsey House, and “adopters” are sought to make it financially possible.

The various windows “embody a wide range of Southampton history from the 17th to early 19th centuries,” according to the museum, but in many cases glass is falling out and the frames have dry rot.

The museum states that the house’s first owner, Thomas Halsey, was part of one of the original families who bought property from the Shinnecocks in 1640 and the Halsey House is believed to be the oldest English-style house in New York State.

The museum estimates it will cost $100,000 to restore the Halsey House at 249 South Main Street, and a longtime supporter of the museum has already pledged $50,000 toward the goal.

Donors who make a gift of tax deductible gift of $2,000 will be named on a plaque at the Halsey House entrance and have an individual window labeled and dedicated in their name.

To donate, send a check to Southampton Historical Museum, P.O. Box 303, Southampton, NY 11969, or call 631-283-2494 to use a credit card.

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