The historic Lieutenant Moses Case House is one step closer to being moved to its new home at the corner of Horton’s Lane and County Road 48 in Southold, which is commonly referred to as Cleo’s Corner.
Constructed circa 1747, a year before Moses Luther Case wed Mary Hutchinson, the historic Southold Town residence has been housed in three different communities within the Town of Southold.
In mid-September, SPC Landscape Contracting removed the house at Cleo’s Corner, which was unhabitable, and the site is being prepped with a new foundation that will support the Case House. Once at its final location, a restoration of the exterior and renovation of the interior of the Lieutenant Moses Case House will commence.
Back in 2011, Anne and Tom Hubbard donated three parcels that included the Cleo’s Corner property and two open farm fields, totaling 5.7 acres, to the Peconic Land Trust. Once the Case House is situated, the Trust will use the site for its Farms for the Future Initiative and additional Trust programming.
“Because this project is a combination of farmland conservation and historic preservation, both part of our mission, it is a unique model of how the past and present can not only coexist but also sustain one another,” John v.H. Halsey, President of the Peconic Land Trust, explained.
To restore the Case House to its former glory, the Trust is putting together a historic restoration team that includes historic architect John Cunniffe of Cunniffe Architects, master craftsman Scott Brown of Antique Carpenter and historic house mover Stanley Kazel of Dawn Movers.
“The relocation and restoration of the Case House to this land is a substantive way of not only remembering and preserving the legacy of one of our historic Revolutionary-era figures, Lieutenant Case, but connecting it to our agricultural heritage, present and future,” Tim Caufield, Senior Advisor, Peconic Land Trust, added.
The Trust’s mission is “to conserve Long Island’s working farms, natural lands, and heritage for our communities now and in the future.”
For more information, visit peconiclandtrust.org.