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Historical Where Was this Photo - Locustdale

Locustdale Home for Children has been replaced by the Branchinelli's Shopping Center in Hauppauge.

Hauppauge residents know their history. This week, Patch's first " was guessed in only three hours.

Congrats to Christopher Crean who correctly identified the Locustdale Home for Children, which was built on the site of what has become Branchinelli's Shopping Center on the corner of Route 111 and Townline Road.

The with enough room for 226 children, and as many as 385 children spending part of their summer there each year.

The camp served girls and boys until the early 1950s when Locustdale was abandoned and later demolished, according to local historian Noel Gish. It was immediately turned into a Robert Hall Clothing Store that was built into a shopping center, adding stores such as Leading Man and Shoe Town.

Now, the site on Route 111 and Townline Road is commonly refered to as the Branchinelli's Shopping center for the longstanding pizzeria and it's neighbor, Jade Garden, who have been anchors to the shopping center for years.

Check Patch next week for another "Where Was This Photo Taken" to test your knowledge of Hauppauge and Nesconset, with more historical photos to come.

Have a photo you want to identify, or think would poss a challenge? Send it to sara-megan.walsh@patch.com.

Candace January 22, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Water does amazing destruction,. I came here because of the beautiful ponds, streams in area. I did not know it would come ti haunt me .Hauppauge ,it's said it means "high waters" .My back yard flooded also causing a huge 150 plus oak tree to rot,It split in half during Tropical Storm Irene, Crashed on my deck, smashing the rail and the grill . Brushed the house , did a little damage to roof.. Took my beautiful red thunderchief plum tree, that I have nutured for 31 yrs, with it. We were lucky , though,It could of been worse. , I agree, mold in not good for you! For awhile, I was not able to go down into basement ,, I am looking foward to reading of your Locustdale experiences , pictures, and whatever else you remember in area, Thank you!
Christopher Crean January 22, 2012 at 08:32 PM
No relation Mrs Karger.
Vera Karger January 24, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Well I guess our conversation is still on Patch. Here's a Facebook link to a couple of photos: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150546769093901.395323.816038900&type=3&l=4d899bc277
Candace January 24, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Thank you ,Vera!
Candace January 24, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Kimbrick's store, I wonder were that was located? I have to do some research ... Great pics...

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