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Beyond The Walls of An Intriguing NY Farmhouse Abandoned For Four Decades

While there are approximately eight million households in the very populated State of New York, some are more intriguing than others. Every building has a tale, some telling different stories daily.

Others have extraordinary events that are usually tucked away for years, just waiting to be shared. This particular house waited four decades for someone to uncover the mystery behind its walls.

Bryan Sansivero, a renowned photographer, got wind of the property and sought permission from the city authorities to explore it. It carries you to an entirely different period.

There was no sign out front

Bryan Sansivero was amazed at how well-hidden the farmhouse was. The lengthy driveway follows around to the back of the house.

This is what you’d call hiding in plain sight since a bustling community enveloped it. However, the owners wanted privacy; hence this single-room cabin in the woods could go unnoticed. He says that the place feels like time has paused.

Former Breathtaking Facade Decaying

The Victorian home was once made impressive by its appeal but now is decayed by neglect. Here, we see the main farmhouse, which was built in 1860. The roof has sagged, and one of the columns has fallen.

There are nine acres, a smokery, a garage, an outhouse, a stable, a milk house, a sheep barn, and four smaller barns. Sansivero hopes his pictures will assist in some way to the rehabilitation of a gorgeous and historically meaningful residence.

Built Prior to The Civil War

To find the historic farmhouse, you’ll have to head to Commack hamlet, which was once Native American territory. This is in the Suffolk County area of NY.

Urbanization has brought about a higher level of development to the Marion Carll Farm location. The ranch has been in existence since the start of the 18th century, prior to the Civil War.

Neglected, But Loaded With Treasures

Sansivero took photos of the plantation repeatedly, with the permission of the local school district and board. He states that each time he visited, he came upon more items that needed to be highlighted.

There was a vast number of valuable pieces of history. These scarce photographs are reminders of how unique the property was before being abandoned and eventually demolished.

Marion Carll Led a Busy Lifestyle

Marion Carll was a stalwart of the community and greatly respected. She was a school trustee and helped found the first PTA.

Education played an integral part of Carll’s life, so it was no surprise that she willed the house to the Commack School Board and District for academic and chronological objectives. These decorated shoes probably belonged to Carll.

She Tried to Preserve History

As a history buff, Marion Carll aimed to preserve as much of the character of the 18th-century farmhouse as possible and never tried to modernize the residence. As a result, the site has a lot of old vintage collectibles.

Despite being abandoned four decades ago, it appeared as if Marion Carll were living in an entirely different era.

The Home Links to Walt Whitman

The photos document the lives of the Carll family. A local history book, Huntington’s Hidden Past by Kerriann Flanagan Brosky, disclosed some fascinating data regarding the family property.

“The land on which the farm stands, off Commack Road, was originally inhabited by members of the Secatougue Indian tribe. According to a deed of record from 1698, the Indians conveyed the parcel of land to John Skidmore and John Whitman, great-great-great-grandfather of poet Walt Whitman.”

Danger Lurks on the Stairwell

You can see the grand staircase at the front of the house. There’s another home stairway leading to the basement. The stairs on the other flight were not in a decent state.

The photographer notes that they only saw the basement one time and didn’t get any photos, unfortunately, adding that the stairs and I did not get any pictures of it. The stairs broke as they headed back out of the basement.

A Stunning Parlor

Even with all the dust and debris buildup, this room is a replica of when Marion Carll lived there. This finely carved piano played some lovely music for several years.

Piano and other instruments were the primary means of entertainment before the development of the radio. Households would gather around to listen and sing to the playing of their favorite tunes.

An Array of Historical Items

Pots, pans, glass bottles are scattered about the room. Collectors are now snapping vintage bottles like these, hoping to own a great article of the past—some packages contained standard household products such as olive oil and even Milk of Magnesia.

There is even a small brochure that reads: “Program of the Thirty-Third Annual Sea Girt Interstate Tournament.” The event was staged by the American International Riflers Association in nineteen twenty-six.

The Attic Storage Room

The farmhouse not only has a basement, but it also has attic storage areas. Here, too, beds are implying the room was also utilized for sleeping — probably for staff members.

The walls have many steel crinoline dresses hanging from the wall. This under-skirt gained popularity throughout Europe and North America after being patented in the mid 19th century. Given their age, these seem to be in excellent condition.

Time Frozen

This alarm clock has hands frozen in time at 2:54. Next is a glass bottle that once held C. Household ammonia, a prominent home cleaning agent.

Vintage treasure hunters striving to explore the property for themselves are out of luck. After Sansivero’s work, the house was empty. “The valuables have been cleared out now, and both security and cameras keep watch on it 24/7,” he says.

A Still Art Piece

These artificial flowers have withstood the test of time. Their colors are still rich and bright. A teacup sits next to the flowers as though awaiting someone to drink from it.

The upholstered furnishings here had not withstood well, although you can tell it looked nice when it was new. It’s scenes like this that compelled photographer Bryan Sansivero to say that the house felt so much like stepping back in time than any other he’d ever ventured in.

Outbuildings On The Property

The nine-acre farmstead has multiple structures, including an outhouse, garage, smokery, and various barns.

The inside of the barn is shown. The ancient farm tools in the facility assisted with exhibiting the property’s past as a working plantation. Carol asked that the buildings be kept as monuments.

Educator’s Desk.

Carol probably worked at this desk. While growing up in the farmhouse, she was enrolled in a single-room schoolhouse. Carll attended high school in Jamaica, Queens, then returned to her home town as an educator.

She invited students to tour the farm to learn about local history and farm existence leading to a local school renamed Marion E. Carll in 1957. We know Carll donated the property to the Commack School District.

Multiple Fireplaces

Fireplaces were typical in older homes before houses began getting central air systems. The Carll residence had numerous fireplaces. Some still look fantastic, including this one made of marble.

This would be quite welcoming to anyone sitting in the corner to read or have a conversation, especially on a frigid night. Except for the peeling wallpapers, the room is probably a good depiction of how it was when Carll lived there.

What Was In The Safe

The way the lock system is built on this safe has piqued many people’s interest in what it holds. It was built by Hall’s Safe Company, which is located in Cincinnati.

“A.J. McCarthy, D.D.S.” is engraved on the safe whom research shows as a former staff member at the University of Buffalo’s Dentistry Department It’s not ascertained how the safe got to the farm.

Heritage is Everywhere.

Sansivero said the house has a lot of history lying around. Every room brandished something new to observe, like this blue-and-white china set still in incredibly proper order.

There are numerous additional artifacts in this scene, like an oil lamp and a teapot. The roof in this compartment has deteriorated and now looks ready to fall apart.

Portions of the farmhouse were reasonably preserved, unlike others.

We visited a bedroom, and now we are upstairs the building. The top floor was used as a storehouse and lodging for the household staff.

The whole ceiling has collapsed, and the walls are smudged. Trash lines the ground. The hallway has many reminders of history.

Historic Places Register

Even though the estate is falling apart, it was placed on the National Register with more than a million other properties.

There are a few criteria to be on the register, and properties must meet one including, having made a substantial contribution to American history, being linked to a notable individual, having unique architectural aspects, or being critical to history.

Great Embroidery Work

A blouse on a mannequin and a container with spools of thread were seen in the home’s main bedroom. Ms. Carll appeared to be a great stitcher.

Despite being exposed for so many years, the blouse exhibited great detail and elaborate embroidery endeavor. Maybe Ms. Carll designed it.

The Carll’s History

This image shows Carll around the mid-1900s. The photo’s website says Carll’s sister and two brothers were police officers, and her daughter owned a factory that made men’s shoes.

The Carll family has a prosperous history on Long Island comprising ties to Sagitikos Manor, which transferred to the Thompson family of Setauket, then to the Gardiner family. At the same time, the Carlls went on to be distinguished fellows of neighborhoods in and around the Huntington region.

Endangered Status

Ten years ago, the nonprofit SPLI recorded the Carll Farmstead as an endangered historic place. Robert Hughes is the historian of Huntington. He nominated the estate. He said they have an incredible time capsule due to the historic structures and artifacts.

Preserving The Farm

A council with the Commack school district and locals have been laboring to examine the appropriate use of the notable Carll farm, which is a portion of the town park.

The team working to save the Carll Farm says they are striving to make it a restored historic location, and recommendations include a functional organic farm and a teaching center.


Allyson Felix Creates Nursery for Athlete Moms at Paris 2024 Olympics





Allyson Felix, the most decorated track and field athlete in history, knows firsthand the challenges faced by athlete moms. Now retired and a mother of two, Felix is working to support Olympic moms at the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympics. Drawing from her own experiences, she has teamed up with Pampers to establish the first-ever Pampers Nursery in the Athletes Village.

This nursery will provide a space where Olympic moms can bond with, nurse, and play with their babies, helping to ease some of the pressures they face during the competition. “I just knew how difficult it was to compete at the top level after I had my daughter, and some practical things were really hard,” Felix said. “So when I joined the Athletes Commission of the IOC, I really wanted to be that voice for athlete moms, and just take away one less thing for them to worry about in the pressure of competition.”

The Pampers Nursery will be located in the Athlete Village Plaza, the living area for athletes during the games. It will offer a private retreat for moms to spend time with their children. Felix believes this initiative sends a powerful message: “I think it really tells women that you can choose motherhood and also be at the top of your game and not have to miss a beat.”

Felix also expressed her excitement about a $20 million grant from the Melinda French Gates Foundation aimed at supporting Black maternal health. She felt both shocked and humbled upon learning about the grant, especially knowing that French Gates had been following her advocacy efforts. “I’m so humbled to receive it, and I’m excited to put the money to good work,” Felix said.

Although Felix will attend the Paris Olympics in a different role, she looks forward to this new chapter with mixed emotions. While there is a sense of loss from not competing, she is excited about attending the games with her family and experiencing them with less pressure. “I’m bringing my whole family, and we will be able to take in the games and watch them with a lot less nerves. So I’m looking forward to that as well,” she shared.

For first-time Olympians, Felix offered simple but heartfelt advice: “Embrace it. This is a moment that does not come around, it’s not guaranteed. You have so much pride to represent your country and just really to take it all in and give it your absolute best.”

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Young Cree Artist’s Starry Night Mural Wows at Graduation

Kelly Taylor



A young artist from the Star Blanket Cree Nation in Saskatchewan is thinking about a career in art after his graduation mural received high praise.

Students at Bert Fox Community High School in Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask., northeast of Regina, chose Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night as the theme for their graduation. Sekota McArthur, a talented student, painted a mural with a local twist on the famous painting.

McArthur initially didn’t plan to join the project but changed his mind when he saw no one else was stepping up.

“I heard no one else was taking it up; I might as well take the offer,” McArthur said.

He was hesitant at first due to a three-week deadline and his schoolwork, but he managed to complete it in time.

“It was a major relief that I was able to get it done in time,” he said.

McArthur has always been interested in art, inspired by his grandfather Floyd Kinequon. He enjoys doing small paintings, sketches, skull dipping, and costume design.

Bailey Antonishyn, head of the art department at the school, explained that the grads chose Starry Night for its color scheme and its connection to the land and the Qu’Appelle Valley.

“We wanted it to be relatable for our students and where they’re from. It’s really important that it reflects them and where they’ve grown up,” Antonishyn said.

While Antonishyn was preparing the 1.4 meter high by 3.7 meter long canvas, McArthur took over and freehanded the entire design with the help of a few classmates.

“We know he’s a talented artist,” Antonishyn said. “He took the brushes from my hand and said, ‘It’s OK, miss.'”

This project was McArthur’s first large-scale work, and he usually works on a smaller scale.

Antonishyn noted that the mural was one of the first things people saw when entering the school.

“A lot of people stopped to take photos and were really impressed by it,” she said. “He did a really good job on that project.”

Positive Feedback

McArthur’s sister, Sasha Keewatin, attended his graduation and was surprised to learn he painted the mural.

“We noticed it from the artwork he would bring home from school,” she said. Keewatin posted a picture of the mural on social media, and soon people were reaching out with positive comments.

“His artwork has touched all across Turtle Island, even in New Mexico. I haven’t even been to New Mexico,” she said. “So for it to go that far is really, really outstanding. I’m so proud of him, and his work truly deserves it.”

McArthur said the experience has motivated him to pursue a Fine Arts degree, and he is considering applying to the First Nations University of Canada in Regina.

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Baby Wildcats Born in Scottish Park: A Big Step for Saving the Species

Kelly Taylor



Some exciting news has come from the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland. Baby wildcats have been born there, and it’s a really big deal!

Last summer, 19 wildcats were released into the park. These cats had been raised in a wildlife park. Now, for the first time in over five years, wildcat kittens have been born in the wild.

Wildcats in Scotland were almost gone forever. People had cut down their forest homes and hunted them. Also, wildcats were having babies with house cats, which was changing their wildcat genes.

A team of scientists has been watching the wildcats. They use special cameras and GPS collars to keep track of them. Recently, they saw two kittens playing with their mom on video.

Dr. Keri Langridge, who works with the wildcats, was very happy. She said, “We didn’t dare to dream that we would have wildcat kittens in the first year of releases.”

The scientists are learning a lot about how wildcats live. They’ve found out what the cats like to eat and where they make their homes.

One challenge is keeping wildcats away from house cats. The scientists want to make sure the wildcats stay wild and don’t mix with other cats.

The team hopes to have at least 40 wildcats living in the park by 2026. Their big dream is to have wildcats all over Scotland again, like there used to be long ago.

This is just the beginning, but these new kittens are a really good sign. It shows that wildcats can live and have babies in the wild again.

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Ice Cream Hero Saves the Day on Jammed Highway

Kevin Wells



Imagine being stuck in a huge traffic jam on a hot day. Now imagine an ice cream truck showing up to serve cool treats! That’s exactly what happened on a busy road in England.

On Saturday, June 22, cars were backed up for seven miles on the M62 highway. An ice cream truck driver saw an opportunity to help and started selling ice cream to the stranded drivers and passengers.

Someone took a picture of people lining up at the ice cream truck and shared it online. The post said: “What a legend this man is. Seven mile tailback on the M62 yesterday, so this ice cream van starts selling ice creams to all them trapped in the traffic.”

In the photo, you can see cars bumper-to-bumper for miles. About 12 people are waiting in line for ice cream. More people are walking along the side of the road to get to the truck.

Many people online thought the ice cream seller was awesome. They called him “brilliant” and a “genius.” One person wrote, “Good for him! Keeping folks cool, hydrated and amused.” Another said, “That’s how you make money in an unexpected situation.”

Some people weren’t happy about it, though. They thought the ice cream seller was trying to make money from other people’s bad luck.

But most agreed that on a hot day in a traffic jam, ice cream is a pretty sweet surprise!

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Beating the Odds: Father of Six Walks Again After Complex Surgery

Shannon Jackson



Richard Monti, a 64-year-old father of six from Long Island, is celebrating a Father’s Day unlike any other. This year, he’s not just celebrating fatherhood, but also the gift of mobility – a gift he almost lost.

Monti’s journey began with a diagnosis of metastatic kidney cancer in 2018. While challenging, he faced it head-on. However, a seemingly routine surgery to repair a fractured shin bone, weakened by years of cancer treatment, took an unexpected turn. Sepsis set in, threatening both his life and his leg.

“Cancer patients are more susceptible to fractures,” explained Dr. Nicola Fabbri, Chief of Orthopedic Oncology at NYU Langone Orthopedics, who treated Monti. “These fractures can be major complications.”

Monti’s condition worsened. He spent weeks in a coma, undergoing multiple surgeries to fight the infection and restore his bones. Doctors prepared his wife for the worst. “They basically told her to prepare for amputation,” Monti shared.

Devastated, facing the prospect of losing his leg, Monti felt his spirit plummet. “That was my lowest point. I couldn’t imagine not being able to be active,” he said.

Determined to fight for his mobility, Monti sought a second opinion from Dr. Fabbri, known for his expertise in limb salvage. “When I met him, his words were like music to my ears: ‘We don’t just cut legs off,'” Monti recalled.

Hope rekindled, Monti underwent extensive evaluation. Dr. Fabbri, impressed by Monti’s resilience, told him, “We’re going back to the drawing board,” a nod to Monti’s background in real estate development.

Monti’s case was complex – a combination of a lingering fracture, tissue damage from sepsis, and bone weakness caused by radiation. Dr. Fabbri suspected the sepsis stemmed from a weakened immune system due to cancer treatment.

After a period of healing, Monti was deemed strong enough for a grueling 11-hour surgery in October 2023. Dr. Fabbri performed a limb-preserving surgery, reconstructing both Monti’s knee and tibia. During the procedure, he corrected the fracture deformity and replaced damaged bone with metal implants.

The surgery was a success. Today, Monti is not only pain-free but also back to work and walking without assistance. “That doctor and his team are miracle workers,” Monti expressed with gratitude.

Monti’s remarkable recovery is a testament to both Dr. Fabbri’s skill and Monti’s unwavering spirit. While he continues to manage his cancer with medication, his tumors are shrinking. Though he can’t run, Dr. Fabbri assures him he has “no substantial limitations” in his daily life.

Monti’s journey has not only been about physical recovery but also about rediscovering the simple joys of life. “Every step used to be a reminder of the cancer,” he shared. “Now, I don’t even think about it. I’m living a normal life again.”

This experience has also had a profound impact on his family. Inspired by her father’s strength, one of Monti’s daughters has decided to pursue a career in nursing. “She wants to help others the way they helped Dad,” Monti said, filled with pride.

Monti’s story is an inspiring reminder of the power of perseverance and the remarkable advancements in medical care. It’s a testament to the human spirit’s ability to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.sharemore_vert

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