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By Ronald Zarembok (631) 398-9543 | Agent in Coram, NY

Historic Houses: Coram

Historic Houses: Coram


The Davis House-  Located on the North East corner where Middle Country Road meets Coram – Mt. Sinai Road.  The four acre property owned by Lester Davis was turned over to the town and will be preserved.  It was originally built in 1750 and has served as a farm, tavern, stagecoach stop, site for local militia in the War of 1812 (led by Captain Lester Davis) and the seat of Brookhaven Town Government from 1790 to 1884. 


The Original owner was Elijah Davis (1727 – 1802) and was passed down to his son Goldsmith (1756 – 1825).  It was continuously owned for 256 years, from the 1750s until today, by descendents of Foulk Davis who came from South Hampton Long Island in 1642. 



The Norton House- Located on the north side of Old Middle Country Road.  The house can be seen on the west side of the rear parking lot at the McDonalds.  This home appears on a 1838 map as belonging to Dr. Norton while the original owner of the property is said to be Captain Nathaniel Norton.  The Nortons came from Salem, Massachusetts before 1670.  Nathaniel Norton was born in Coram in the year 1743 and was a soldier in the French and Indian War.  During the American Revolution he served as a Captain. 


Nathaniel Norton married three times; Elizabeth (died at age 31 in 1775), Mary (died in 1810 and gave him a son) and Nancy with whom he moved to New York City to live until his death in 1837 at the age of 91.  Upon his death his body was returned to Coram for burial.


The house passed to his son Dr. Samuel Norton and his wife Cynthia Hutchinson (who died in 1824 at the age of 31).  His second marriage, to a woman named Sarah, produced two children before his death in 1840 at the age of 51.  His son Albert became a seaman but his daughter Emma became a schoolteacher at the Coram school and in 1886 her home became the site of the Coral Post Office.  Emma Norton held the position of postmistress until her death in 1916, she had received her original appointment from President Grover Cleveland during his first term.



Ronald Zarembok

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