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THIS c.1840 HOUSE IN SAG HARBOR is for sale and it’s of considerable historic interest.

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It’s located in Eastville, a Sag Harbor neighborhood settled by free blacks, many of whom worked on whaling ships in the mid-19th century, the heyday of the industry.

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Here, in 1839, African-Americans built St. David’s African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, which still exists on Eastville Avenue. The church was almost certainly a stop on the Underground Railroad. Its first pastor was an abolitionist working with Sag Harbor’s Quaker community and others to facilitate the escape of slaves traveling up from Virginia and the Carolinas. Some were hidden in village homes and in the church, concealed beneath a still-extant trap door under the main sanctuary.

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The house next door, pictured in this post, has plenty of antique charm and original ambience, including beamed ceilings, vintage woodwork, and even its own trap door under a front hall closet. Like many very old houses built before the automobile age, it’s near the whizzing traffic of Rt. 114, the busy artery between Sag Harbor and East Hampton.

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The house is a legal two-family in obviously rough shape. It would make a fine small museum, but unless you think its remarkable history is worth a quarter of a million, the house, IMHO, is overpriced by approximately that amount.

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The listing, with more pictures and info, is here.

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