Davis Town Meeting House Society, Inc.

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 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 lead 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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Upcoming Events!
The next General Meeting of the Davis Town Meeting House Society, Inc. will be held on Monday, Jan 8, 2018 at the Swezey-Avey House at
the corner of Yaphank-Middle Island Road and Main St in Yaphank at 7pm.      
>>>All are welcome to attend!  See more Upcoming Events!
 
Special thanks to Legislator Sarah S. Anker Suffolk County 6th District for  her continued support.
 
Special "Thanks" also to the Yaphank Historical Society for the gracious use
of the Swezey-Avey House while our Lester H. Davis House is under renovation.


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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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Davis Town Meeting House Society receives Proclamation from Suffolk County through 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.  

Our very own Randy Davis, son of Lester H. Davis III, helps     
  "Puerto Rico’s Pooches Jet Off to the Hamptons"

...read story at Davis House Updates 
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Dec 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)


         See Davis House Updates for more info!
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The Lester H. Davis House, circa 1750, is located at the junction of Middle Country Road and Coram-Mt. Sinai Road in the hamlet of Coram, New York. The color picture you see above in the masthead shows the completed exterior restoration efforts as of late 2012. The Lester H. Davis House (historically known as the Davis Town Meeting House) is owned by the Town of Brookhaven. Completion of the interior will be a multi-year effort due both to the extensive scope of work as well as to the financial restoration demands. 
 
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pictorial video journey of the interior is available by clicking on Videos / PhotosYou will quickly see the magnitude of the effort required to restore this wonderful historic landmark. This will be the primary effort and goal of the Davis Town Meeting House Society, Inc. working hand-in-hand with the Town of Brookhaven Department of Parks & Recreation. For more information on the Society, click on About Us
 
We have completed the floor plans for the interior design. For a peek at the basic layout, click here.
 
Membership in the Davis Town Meeting House Society is open to everyone. You will just need to have an interest in being part of the restoration of the historic Lester H. Davis House to its original splendor! 
 
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All donations made to the Davis Town Meeting House Society, Inc. are eligible for tax deduction under our IRS 501(c)(3) status.


IRS 501(c)(3) letter
 
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