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PETER & ABBIE MOLONEY THE NEW FAMILY IN THE WHITE HOUSE By Patrick Shannon Photography Don Fitzgibbon

Yes, since the early 1900s, Long Island has had its own spectacular “White House Farm.” It is located at 344 Middle Road in Bayport. This White House is filled with its own unique history, thriving and surviving through highs and lows, from when it was first built before 1880 to today. Let’s take a tour. The current owners are Peter and Abbie Moloney. Peter and his brother, Daniel, are owners of Moloney Family Funeral Homes, Inc. This Long Island–based company is one of the leading and most innovative organizations in the industry. The journey that connected Peter and Abbie to the White House in Bayport is fascinating. Here are a few, abridged, stops along the way. The original house at 344 Middle Road was built by Captain Henry Richmond and his wife. Caroline, as a country home, which they named “Maplewood.” Their permanent residence was in Philadelphia. Captain Henry was born in 1836 in Taunton, Masschusetts, and was a descendant of the Colonial New England Richmond family. His 1894 obituary in the New

York Sun reported that he and his father ventured to California as gold rush ’49ers. Later, Henry became a prominent shipping merchant in trade with China. In 1900, six years after the captain’s death, the Patchogue Advance reported: “No place in the village of Bayport attracts more traveling public than the beautiful country home of Mrs. C. Richmond…everything about the place seems to possess an inviting air.” Mrs. Richmond died sometime after 1900 and the property of more than 10 acres was sold to John J. Ascher, a prominent Manhattan real estate broker. Ascher completely renovated the house beyond recognition, and renamed the property “White House Farm.” During the 1920s, under Ascher, the estate bore two signs, “Restaurant & Grill” and “Over Night Guests.” The house served as a rest stop for New York socialites as they travelled to vacation homes and resorts in the Hamptons. In the 1940s, the property was subdivided. Today’s White House sits on Middle Road, on an acre and a quarter of land. Social Life

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Social Life - August 2019 - Sasha Pieterse  

Social Life Magazine is the premier luxury publication for the Hamptons, celebrating 16 years of print. This issue features Sasha Pieterse.