Davis Town Meeting House Society, Inc.

Davis Town Meeting House Updates

April 7, 2018
A Celebration of the lives of Jean & Lester H. Davis III 
On Saturday, April 7th, members of the Davis family, representatives of our state and local government along with members of the Davis Town Meeting House Society and other local residents paid tribute to Jean & Lester H. Davis III whom passed away in 2017. Lester H. Davis III was the last Davis to grow up in the Davis Homestead; now a Brookhaven Town Landmark and which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
 

L-R: TOB Councilman Michael Loguercio, Randall R. Davis, Lee Davis, Whitney Davis, Maryanne Douglas (president of the Davis Town Meeting House Society), NYS Assemblyman Steve Englebright, and Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine.


 
Randy Davis delighting those in attendance with stories of his life in Coram at the Davis Homestead as the oldest son of Jean and Lester H. Davis II.






 
The first granddaughter of Randy Davis joins the group of honored speakers! 
 
 
What a wonderful Day of Remembrance and Celebration it was as so many people turned out to honor the lives of Jean and Lester H. Davis III! Soon, through the hard work of many people and  New York State, Suffolk County and the Town of Brookhaven, the historic Coram home of Lester H. Davis III will stand in lasting tribute to one of the founding families of Brookhaven!
 
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 Renovation Update Photos April 2018







          

















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Dec 2018
The Davis Town Meeting House Society is sad to announce the passing of Lester H. Davis, III on December 9, 2017. Mr. Davis was the last member of the Davis family to be raised and live his life in the historic Lester H. Davis House in Coram. He was predeceased by his wife Jean Doughty Davis on July 6, 2017.

                              LESTER H. DAVIS, III—OBITUARY
Lester Hopkins Davis, III
died on December 9, 2017, in Cartersville, Georgia. He was 91 years old.

     Lester will always be remembered for his honesty, fair dealings in business, care for family and friends, and great interest in and affection for aviation. Born to Alma (Quackenbush) Davis and Judge Lester H. Davis, II in 1926 in Patchogue, Long Island, NY, Lester was the youngest of two children. Lester’s brother John A.Q. Davis preceded him in death.
     Lester was the last person to be raised and spend his childhood in the Lester H. Davis House, which was the Meeting House for the Town of Brookhaven, New York, for about 100 years starting in 1780. Lester’s direct ancestors on Long Island date to their first appearance in Southampton in the 1640s, after emigrating from Wales.
     Lester attended Cornell Agricultural School in Ithaca, NY, and then returned to the family farm in the rural community of Coram, Long Island. He married Jean Mary Doughty in 1950, and she became a valuable partner in the operation of the farm and his lifelong wife until her death in July, 2017. Together they ran the farm, milking as many as 130 dairy cows (using modern equipment) and growing sweet corn, strawberries, pumpkins and tomatoes. In the winter, they sold firewood. It was on the family farm that Lester and Jean raised their three sons and engaged in an abundant family life filled with farm activities, tractors, trucks and airplanes. Lester learned to fly in the mid-1940s and built an airfield on the farm, which he then operated for about 30 years (Coram Airpark). Lester owned a small Piper Vagabond airplane and a twin-engine Piper Apache airplane, which he kept on and flew off of the farm airstrip. He saw to it that his three sons all learned to fly on the family farm. Lester was always known as a competent and careful pilot, as well as a strong supporter of aviation on Long Island and throughout the USA. In 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration presented Lester with its coveted Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. According to the FAA, this is the most prestigious award that it issues to certificated pilots, “…to recognize individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft as ‘Master Pilots.’” He was always proud to have earned the FAA’s Commercial Pilot Certificate, and he led by example through many decades of safe flying. Lester was also an amateur inventor who held a USA patent on a water storage system.
     After spending their entire lives on rural Long Island, Lester and Jean moved to Georgia about ten years ago, to be closer to family. Lester is survived by his three sons: Randall Hopkins, Lee Charles and Whitney Lane; four grandchildren (Bethany Jean, Amelia Lane, Avery Ayers and Lane Augusta), and one great grandchild (Vivianna Lane).
     A memorial in honor of Lester and Jean’s lives will be held on a future date to be announced, at the old family homestead at the Lester H. Davis House in Coram, Long Island. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the Davis Town Meeting House Society, Inc., P.O. Box 4, Coram, New York 11727. 
 
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September 11, 2017
 

 
Legislator Sarah Anker with members of the Davis Town Meeting House Society: President Maryanne Douglas, Vice President Suzanne Johnson, Treasurer Chris Reilly, Historian Mildred Zimmermann, Sergeant-at-Arms Jean Hartling, Robert Kessler, Steve Lucas, and Diane Cardello.

CORAM, NY –
On Monday, September 11th,
Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker
awarded the Davis Town Meeting House Society with a $5,000 grant check from the Suffolk County Legislature. The grant is a Suffolk County Legislative Omnibus Grant to assist the organization with community events and programs. “I am proud to present the Davis Town Meeting House Society with this Legislative Grant from Suffolk County. The member of the society do a wonderful job preserving the beauty and integrity of the Davis House, while providing educational programs for residents,” said Legislator Anker. “I look forward to continuing to partner with the organization and its members to improve the quality of life in our community.” The members of the Davis Town Meeting House Society are the stewards of the Lester H. Davis House, located at the corner of Mt. Sinai Coram Road and Middle Country Road in Coram. They work diligently to restore and preserve the structure, while providing programs that inform residents about the history of the Longwood community. All residents are welcome to attend upcoming meetings and historical presentations. You do not have to be a member to participate!

Schedule of Upcoming Events (all presentations will be at 7:00 PM at the Swezey-Avey House at the corner of Yaphank-Middle Island Road and Main Street in Yaphank): October 2nd – “George Washington’s L.I. Spy Ring” by Elizabeth Kahn Kaplan November 6th – “Midnight Rum: L.I. and Prohibition” by Jonathan Olly, Ph.D. December 4th – “Camp Upton” by Paul Infranco & Annual Holiday Party The Davis Town Meeting House Society is also in the midst of their annual membership drive. For more information about the organization, to volunteer, or to receive a membership application, please visit http://www.davistownmeetinghouse.org

 
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May 10, 2016
Davis Town Meeting House Society receives Proclamation from Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker!

Davis Town Meeting House Society president Maryanne Douglas accepting the Suffolk County Proclamation for all DTMHS members from Legislator Sarah Anker.
(L-R) Chris Reilly, Mildred Zimmermann, Jean Hartling, Diane Cardello, Bonnie Cornett,
SC Legislator Sarah Anker, Maryanne Douglas, Barbara Hoff, & Steve Lucas.  


      

(L-R) SC Legislator Sarah S. Anker, DTMHS president Maryanne Douglas,
Mildred Zimmermann, Steve Lucas, Chris Reilly, Barbara Hoff, Bonnie Cornett,
Jean Hartling, & Diane Cardello.



March 3, 2016 - The Wall Street Journal
Our very own Randy Davis, son of Lester H. Davis III, helps "Puerto Rico’s Pooches Jet Off to the Hamptons"
          Stray dogs are flown to new homes on mainland on private planes

“In the human (or canine) interest department, and since this story does have a LI angle, see link below from today's WSJ and video. I flew these rescue dog missions last month. You will see our gray Gulfstream being loaded in warm San Juan before departure and then in the snow on a windy 16 degree day in Westhampton after a 3.5 hour flight over the ocean--and the animals now have a new life in Southampton and East Hampton. Our client who paid for our flights is featured in the article and video. He is a great guy and truly cares about these animals.”Randy Davis
Read the full article in The Wall Street Journal
 

       
                             Loading up planes in Puerto Rico
 
EDITOR'S NOTE: Randall H. Davis is a founding member, trustee and benefactor
for the Davis Town Meeting House Society, Inc. Randy is also an attorney, pilot, and principal of Phoenix Air Group, the Georgia-based company that owns the jet. He said it has also carried dolphins and penguins for breeding programs. Randy
and his company were also involved with flying American victims back to the
United States from Africa during the Ebola crisis. Randy has come a long way
from when he flew two-seaters in and out of the old Coram Airport!

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December 22, 2015
From Suffolk County Comptroller Joseph M. Kennedy, Jr. - Letter of Recognition

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December 15, 2015

NYS Assemblyman Steve Englebright announces the securement of $125,000 in capital funding for the interior restoration of the Davis Town Meeting House!

         (Published in the December 2015 Legislative Update from the offices of 
          Assemblyman Steven Englebright)

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November 23, 2015
The stone monument commemorating the Coram Community Club was moved from its location at 33 Old Middle Country Road to the grounds of the Davis Town Meeting House through the courtesy of the Supervisor Ed Romaine and Town Parks Commissioner Ed Morris of the Town Of Brookhaven. For historical info, click on Coram Community Club.
 
                      

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Sep 25, 2015
NYS Assemblyman Steve Englebright visits the Davis House and offers his help! 

L-R: Maryanne Douglas, President Davis Society; Steve Lucas, Assemblyman Steven Englebright; Bob Kessler (Photo-Chris Reilly)

Assemblyman Steve Englebright
met with Davis Town Meeting House Society
board
members today and toured the Davis Town Meeting House. Assemblyman Englebright, staunch supporter of local history, pledged to offer his state level efforts and funding in an upcoming meeting with TOB Supervisor Ed Romaine,
in a combined effort to begin extensive work on the interior of the house.

 
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September 12, 2015
Town Councilwoman Connie Kepert (4th District)
visits and supports the Davis Town Meeting House society, Inc. 3rd Annual Yard Sale & Craft Fair held on Saturday, September 12th at the Lester H. Davis House in Coram.
 


 
(L-R) Councilwoman Connie Kepert (D-D4), and members of the Davis Town Meeting House Society, Inc. Vana McClure, Jean Hartling Chris Reilly, and Bonnie Cornett.

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Brookhaven News Herald July 13, 2015
   
Suffolk Legislator Sarah Anker visits the
Lester H. Davis House in Coram
             

 
Coram, NY On Friday, July 10th, Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker toured the Lester H. Davis House in Coram. Throughout the tour of the house, Legislator Anker surveyed the work being done for restoration and conservation. Legislator Anker also met with members of the Davis Town Meeting House Society, including President Maryanne Douglas, to discuss what the county can do to continue supporting the society. “Landmarks like the Lester H. Davis House are meaningful representations of the culture and history here in Suffolk County,” said Legislator Anker. “It is so important to support and advocate for local historical societies that work to preserve these landmarks.”
                
The Davis Town Meeting House Society is an IRS registered 501(c)(3) NYS not-for-profit organization and was formed exclusively to restore and conserve the Lester H. Davis House in Coram, New York. The society works directly with the Town of Brookhaven Department of Parks and Recreation and the Town Historian. Together, the group works on the historical design of the house, as well as fundraising for the restoration and conservation of the Brookhaven landmark. The society welcomes volunteers and donations.



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June 1, 2015 Meeting: Randy Davis Reception
Our June General Monthly Meeting was a very special event as we were honored with a visit from Randy Davis, son of Lester H Davis III, visiting from his home in Georgia. Mr. Davis is a board member and a benefactor of the Davis Town Meeting House Society, Inc. Randy is also an entrepreneur and general counsel for the Phoenix Air Group headquartered in Cartersville, Georgia, and an accomplished pilot who helped transport the first Ebola patients out of Liberia to the United States for treatment. Special thanks to Bob Kessler and the Yaphank Historical Society for hosting our meetings and this wonderful special event at the historic Swezey-Avey House in Yaphank!

L-R: Erma Gluck, president of the Coram Civic Association, Randy R. Davis, and Maryanne Douglas, president of the Davis Town Meeting House Society, Inc.
 

L-R: Davis Town Meeting House Society, Inc. members Betsy Bloomer, Barbara Hoff, Maryanne Davis, Jean Hartling, Vana McClure, Bonnie Cornett, and Chris Reilly.
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March 18, 2015
Read letter from Brookhaven  Supervisor Edward Romaine  to
NYS Assemblyman Steven Englebright requesting funds to be placed in the NYS budget for the restoration and renovation of the interior of the Davis Town Meeting House!...read letter
Special thanks to Supervisor Romaine as well as to Assemblyman Englebright!

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November 17, 2014
Maryanne Douglas, President, Davis Town Meeting House Society, Inc., recognized by the TOB Historic District Advisory Committee (HDAC) for her organization's efforts toward the historic preservation and restoration of the Davis Town Meeting House located in Coram, NY (also known as the Lester H. Davis House)...more info-

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Official 'Marking' Ceremony
Saturday, October 25, 2014


The Davis Town Meeting House 'marked' as an historic site of importance! 

The Long Island Chapter of the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century 'marked' the Davis Town Meeting House in Coram as a historic site of importance. The event was co-hosted by the Colonial Dames and the Davis Town Meeting House Society at the Davis Town Meeting House on the corner of Middle Country Road and Mt. Sinai-Coram Road, Coram.

Among those attending the ceremony was NYS Assemblyman District 4 Steve Englebright, NYS Assemblyman Edward Hennessey, County Legislator District 6 Sarah Anker, Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine, Town Councilwoman District 2 Jane Bonner and Town Councilwoman District 4 Connie Kepert.



              


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(L-R) Councilwoman Connie Kepert (D-D4) and members of the Thee Island Inn in front of the Lester H. Davis House in Coram. For more than two decades, Thee Island INN Soup Kitchen has provided hot, nutritious meals to local residents. Run entirely by dedicated volunteers, meals are served at Thee Island INN every Wednesday and Thursday evening in a small building behind the United Church of Christ in Middle Island. In addition to meals, other goods and services offered at Thee Island INN include food baskets during the holidays and free basic necessities for guests, including clothing, toiletry items and small household items.
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September 12, 2015
County Legislator Sarah Anker (D-6th Leg Dist) visits the 3rd Annual Yard Sale & Craft Fair at the Lester H. Davis House sponsored by the Davis Town Meeting House Society, Inc. 


(L-R) Bonnie Cornett, Barbara Hoff, Legislator Sarah Anker (D-6th Leg Dist), Vana McClure, Jean Hartling, Maryanne Douglas-President of the Davis Town Meeting House Society, Inc. and Steve Lucas.

June 2, 2013: Brandon Rodriguez from BSA Troop 64 has begin the renovation work on the Davis Familoy Cemetery as part of his Eagle Scout project. Pictured below is Brandon (center) along with his Troop 64 supporters including Ida Brownley (5th from L), BSA scout leader.


       Brandon Rodrguez and his Troop 64 Eagle Scout Project Supporters
         (Fence material supplied by the Town of Brookhaven; tools supplied
                                       by Middle Island Rental)
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May 23, 2013
Kudos to Brandon Rodriguez from BSA Troop 64 for taking on the clean-up of the Davis Family Cemetery as his Eagle Scout Project!


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May 3, 2013: The following actions took place at this month's meeting:
1. The committee reviewed and edited the submitted Bylaws for the Davis Town Meeting House Society, Inc. This not-for-profit entity is currently under approval review by the NYS Department of Corporations. Final edits of the Bylaws will take place based on NYS approval of the NFP corporation submission.
2. We agreed to have a vote for the officers of the new corporation. The committee members are creating the nominations for the slate which will be voted on at our next meeting on June 7th.
3. Committee representatives are meeting with TOB Supervisor Ed Romaine on May 9th.
4. Committee representatives are meeting with TOB Councilperson Connie Kepert on June 3rd. Under the new redistricting plan, the location of the Davis Town Meeting House is now in Connie Kepert's District 4 (previously was in Jane Bonner's District 2).
5. Ida Brownley, leader of BSA Troop 64, has confirmed that the cleanup of the Davis Family Cemetery is now an offical Eagle Scout Project.
6. Randy Davis, son of the Lester H. Davis III (last owner of the Davis House) and a founding member of the Davis Town Meeting House Committee has volunteered his pro bono services as an attorney to work on the 501(c)(3) submission to the IRS upon our successful receipt of the NYS NFP incorporation.
7. Next meeting is June 7th at 7:00 pm at the Longwood Public Library.
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February 1, 2013:
At our meeting this day, the following answers were determined:
1. All funds from Town Resolution #2009-752 for exterior restoration and interior structural work have been exhausted.
2. We do have funds remaining to complete the interior designs.
3. No additional grant monies have been secured by the Town as of this date.
4. Fire alarms are installed.
5. Exterior spotlights will be installed during March.
6. Replacement Historic Sign Marker is complete and the Davis Town Meeting House larger sign is being worked on. Installation in March or April.
7. BSA Troop 64 will restore the cemetery and the Town will provide for the dumpster as well as a fence surrounding the cemetery.
8. Abandoned one bedroom house by cemetery as well as two outbuildings by the Davis House will be removed in the near future.
9. As previously mentioned, completion of the interior of the Davis Town Meeting House is a multi-year project due to the magnitude of the effort as well as the cost.
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December 7, 2012: Boy Scout Troop 64 will be submitting plans to the Davis Town House Restoration Committee for the restoration of the Davis Family Cemetery as part of an Eagle Scout project. The cemetery is located on the property. Plans are proceeding well for the design of the interior of the house. This will be a multi-year project due to the magnitude and cost of the work. Next meeting of the Davis Town Meeting House Restoration Committee will be in January; date to be announced. For inquiries and observations, please send an email to info@davistownmeetinghouse.org.  
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December 2, 2012: The Coram Civic Annual Holiday Party was another huge success enjoyed by young and old alike. The party culminated with the traditional lighting of the Christmas Tree and this year all of the kids were able to join Santa Claus on the porch of the newly renovated Davis town Meeting House!



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November 26, 2012: Interior schematics have been given to the committee and will be reviewed at the next meeting of the Davis House Restoration Committee to be held at the Longwood Public Library 2nd floor meeting room on Friday, December 7 at 7:00 pm. All are welcome.
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October 25, 2012: Shutters are on! The shutters are now up on the front of the original portion of the house. Note the hinges on the side of the shutters nearest the windows.





Shutter Detail Image
Shutter retainers hold the shutters open or when turned, allow them to be closed.
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October 2012: Maryanne Douglas and the Davis House Restoration Committee report that the window shutters have arrived and will be installed as soon as the hardware is delivered. The Committee is waiting on the floor plans from the architect and then will begin the interior design. Congratulations to Maryanne and the Davis House Team for their incredible efforts!
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The Davis Town Meeting House Society is a NYS non-profit corporation recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.