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Historic Yorktown Farmhouse Demolition Begins

YORKTOWN, N.Y.-- Demolition of the Melbourne Farmhouse began Friday, and Yorktown Board of Education President Jackie Carbone plans to have the remnants of the house donated to the town museum.

Carbone said the state of the building was absolutely deteriorated, but said they did explore other options.

“The reality is that the building is in very poor condition, with sagging floors, severely cracked plaster walls indicative of building settling, as well as dry-rot,” Carbone stated in a letter sent to Yorktown  Supervisor Susan Siegel.

Carbone stressed that alternative options were thoroughly examined prior to the decision for demolition. In prior letters, Carbone explained that the abatement and demolition of the house is part of the capital bond project approved by voters in 2006 .

“For more than five years we looked into other alternatives. We entertained proposals from several groups, including: Hudson Valley Lacrosse, a local realtor/appraiser who wanted to see if it could be moved to another location, as well as The Yorktown Chamber of Commerce who looked into possible use of the building,” she stated.

In the letter, Carbone spoke of plans to donate certain items from the building to the Yorktown Museum.

"We understand that there is emotional attachment to this building, but it has sentimental not historical significance. We respect that and have tried to honor the sentimental significance and ensure that the building will be remembered," Carbone said.

To read prior articles about the farmhouse, click here . What do you think should have been done with the farmhouse?

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