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The Almshouse Hay Barn, located at the Suffolk
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The Almshouse Hay Barn, located at the Suffolk County Farm in Yaphank, is one of the few remaining double bay hay barns in New York that is still used for its original purpose, according to the Yaphank Historical Society. (July 29, 2011) (Credit: Carl Corry)

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The quiet hamlet of Yaphank in the Town of Brookhaven was settled in 1726. It was a "booming" mill town in the 1850s, according to historian Karen Mouzakes, and is home to a collection of historic homes, including the Homan-Gerard House and the Robert Hewlett Hawkins House, both on Yaphank Avenue, and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on Main Street. The Carmans River runs along the community.

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