Long Island's Hidden Past: John Gardiner Farm

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An old farmhouse in Huntington has a long legacy - that stated decades before the American Revolution.

News 12 Long Island's Danielle Campbell and photojournalist Brian Endres take you on a tour of the house that serves as a time capsule of Long Island's hidden past.

Built in the 1750s, by the Smith Gardiner family, the John Gardiner Farm in Huntington was one of the earliest large farms in the area.

Historian Anthony Guarnaschelli, of the Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Society, says the farmhouse connects Long Islander's to the past.

The farmhouse, located on Park Avenue, has quite a history. An infamous murder took place there in the early 1800s.

And the pickle industry in Greenlawn started on the farm.

Alexander Gardiner, a wealthy farmer at the time, grew hundreds of acres of pickles, a popular delicacy in the 1870s, his success earned him the title of "Pickle Pioneer."

Generations of Gardiners lived in the home, and Herbert, the last living member left the home to the historical society before he passed away.

The house was used until the last Gardiner walked out in 2003.

The outhouse is exactly as it was, built before the turn of century, and it has a low seat for children, and a high seat for the adults.

According to Guarnaschelli, Herbert wanted the farm continued forever, he never wanted it developed or any of it sold.

The historical society has kept their promise by farming the land and keeping the house in good condition.

The cupola on top of the Gardiner home was recently restored - it was important because it was a sign of wealth.

The farm is now open every Saturday to families who can stroll the grounds and buy produce from the farmers market. Children can also take a ride on the lollipop train - an amusement attraction that was once used in the 1950s and 1960s on a farm in Syosset.

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