Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Bellport High School Students Visit Wertheim Refuge and Robinson Farm

On Tuesday, March 31, 2009, students from the Bellport High School, accompanied by their teachers/advisors Andrew Budris and Dennis Pluth, were led on a "historical" tour of the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge and the Robinson Farm (now owned by Suffolk County).  The tour was let by Marty Van Lith, Brookhaven Village Association historian and Fire Place History Club convenor.  He was assisted by Jen Clements.

They first visited the  David Hawkins family burying ground off Old Barto Road on the old Hawkins farm.  They then continued hiking south on the Old Barto Road [picture], across the Long Island Railroad tracks to a Refuge road along the south side of the tracks to the old Homan farm road, then back north across the tracks to a trail east to the southeast field of the Robinson farm.  

After crossing the field, they visited the Carman/Miller family burying ground where Samual Carman, Sr. and family members are interred [picture].  

Afterwards they visited the old South Haven Presbyterian Church cemetery where John Deitz, and elder of the church and a member of the Fire Place History Club, talked of some of the people buried there [picture].

They then finished the tour at the former Hard estate/Robinson barn, where the current owner, Ron Bush, gave a tour of his extensive collection of old farm equipment [picture].

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