Visit the Havens Homestead this summer!

A hidden Gem in Center Moriches


If you drive down Montauk Highway, you might notice a Brookhaven Town landmark nestled in the hamlet of Center Moriches adjacent to Kalers Pond Park.  The John Scudder and Mary Pelletreau Havens Homestead, at 15 Montauk Highway, is located in the heart of the hamlet.

The landmark, which includes the John Scudder Havens and Mary Pelletreau Havens Homestead, the Havens Barn, and the Tin Barn, is now preserved and run by the local Moriches Bay Historical Society with the mission to preserve the history and artifacts of the site. Established in 1996, the nonprofit corporation enjoys educating the nearby residents and the general public about the area’s history.

The historical society offers house tours, art that is on display and for sale, and hosts their annual vintage car show, as well as their antique show and sale.

The Barn Shop, which is located in the Tuttle Barn on the north side of Montauk Highway, offers collectibles and locally crafted items. The shop is entirely run by volunteers and all the proceeds go to the preservation of the landmark.

“We see the importance of preserving and protecting this property for now and future generations,” writes the MBHS. “We would be happy to accept your new or gently used items in sellable condition.”

The shop is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. from April through December.

For more information about the homestead visit the MBHS, or for a calendar of upcoming events email or visit


The Havens Homestead is known to have been the final residence of John Scudder and Mary Pelletreau Havens. In 1898, the major addition enabled the remodel job of 1750 with modernizations relating to the American shingle style at the turn of the century. The J.S. Homestead was relocated north of Montauk Highway in 1971.

In 2015, the John Scudder and Mary Pelletreau Havens Homestead was granted Brookhaven Town Landmark status. It is now managed by the Ketcham Inn Foundation, which manages five additional historic landmarks in the area and is maintained by the MBHS.


The Moriches Bay Historical Society is a nonprofit supported by their membership. Membership of Moriches Bay Historical Society enables support for their continuing restoration of the Moriches’ most significant historic properties. Members receive current updates on restoration progress, current events, and educational programs. Annual memberships are $25 per person and $50 per family. To become a member, visit their website at They also accept one-time donations.


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