Saving The David Smith House

In the 1790′s, one David Smith, a veteran of the American Revolutionary war, returned from the war and built the David Smith Homestead. The original section of the house is the present kitchen wing, at the south end. As the Smith family grew, additions were made in 1830 and 1890, giving it the look it has today, representing a late federal style farmhouse typical of the 1800′s in the area.  Elements of the 18th century construction remain today. david-smith-headstone-clearOriginally, the land Smith owned went from Foster Blvd. to Smith Street in the village, and included land on the other side of Babylon Lane as well  (former name for Deer Park Avenue.). The homestead was owned by the Smith family for almost 120 years.  David Smith himself died in 1809 and was originally buried on his property.  About 100 years later, as reported in the Suffolk County News Feb.,1908, he was replaced into the Babylon rural cemetery, where he remains today, beside a plaque honoring his service from the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sagtikkos Chapter. The Smith house has been deemed eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places in December of 2012 in the area of architecture as a good example of a rural farmhouse dating to the establishment of Babylon, New York and in the are of social history for it’s relationship to the Smith family, whose occupation of the house from c1790 to 1909 additionally forms the building’s period of significance. (The purpose of the Register program is to document sites of cultural significance in communities and to qualify properties for potential grant programming and tax credit incentives for rehabilitation. It does not prohibit a property owner from making changes to a property.) In 1909, grandson John W Smith, sold the property to the Sumpawams Land Company.  The old Smith farm was redesigned as a residential housing community named Sumpawams Park.  It is now a residential community of more than 200 homes, with street names of Native American tribes such as Wyandanch, Ketawamoke, Paumanoke, etc. The Smith homestead has been a significant signpost for vintage Babylon for hundreds of years and is a historical treasure to the Babylon community.