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Locustdale Home for Children has been replaced by the Branchinelli's Shopping Center in Hauppauge.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

ROBERT G January 21, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Candyee January 21, 2012 at 03:25 PM
My feelings exactly . Demolish and pave over history .
Vera Karger January 21, 2012 at 05:11 PM
IMHO, not a visual improvement at all...but time marches on. With delight we swam in Lake Ronkonkoma, danced in their pavilion to a juke box. Now no one's permitted to swim there, and they're poorer for it. Poor old lake. How fortunate we were to have the best of it.
Candyee January 21, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Yes ,Vera , you were .. When I first moved to area, Brookhaven and Smithtown had a beach area with a small portion in the lake, boxed off , for swimming ,That was 1981. My mom and aunt used to come out here from NYC with there parents ,uncles, aunts , cousin in the 30's ,40 's to my great uncle's and great aunt's summer home on Evergreen rd in Selden ,,Lk Ronkomkoma was where they went .. They remember the rides , etc in and around lake. They are 87 & 91 in March , BTW , I can still point out "bungalow" on Evergreen originially with an out house, that became on outside bathroom . I remember it as a kid .. in the 50' s and 60's . My great uncle built it .
Vera Karger January 22, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Camille ~ I was 8 in 1941, & for the next 6 or so years we swam in Lake Ronkonkoma. My hope then was to become courageous enough to swim out to the raft, which finally I did, but too near the end of the season to take good advantage of it with frequency. When I turned 14-15, I left Locustdale, never to swim in Lake Ronkonkoma again. I wonder what the plans are for the lake today....?
Candyee January 22, 2012 at 12:37 AM
It looks so run down around lake these days. The high water table has wreaked havoc on area .Are you living in area? You must have some amazing stories of what was, it looks like there was no rt 111 in front of Locustdale or it was just a path. I enjoy taliking to the old timers who remember what it was. As a teenager, we would drive out here 'to the country' , that was mid -late 60's .I loved Main St , Smithtown and promised myself I would move out here. I grew up in Nassau co .
Vera Karger January 22, 2012 at 02:01 AM
I knew nothing of a route 111 or other street names, just that summer meant going to Camp Locustdale & having a lovely summer, away from school. I never returned to live in Smithtown, but lived - & currently live - in Connecticut. I'm afraid my little stories wouldn't be amazing at all, just childhood memories. I'm puzzled by your second sentence; what is the high water table, & how has it wreaked havoc?
Candyee January 22, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Vera, I love the stories of what was.It's part of Hauppauge Smithtown history. We have a high underground water table , getting higher. The lake has overflowed . our basements have flooded due ti rising water table.I believe over building and lack ot maintenance to waterway (ponds , streams) has created it .
Vera Karger January 22, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Would dredging the lake &/or other waters be a next step to take to rectify the matter? Or what do you think could be done?
Vera Karger January 22, 2012 at 05:24 PM
To Christopher Crean: Are you related to Mary Crean, a speech pathologist working in CT?
Candyee January 22, 2012 at 05:32 PM
That is what is happening know. Phase 3 to start in spring , I believe, The test will come when we have several days of rain . March 2010 was so bad, my basement sump pump could not pump water out fast enough. 6 inches of water in finished basement, set up 2 more pumps, one burned out. It was a nightmare. All we do is go to "water meetings" .. Not lately , though. Dry conditions are only temporary .
Vera Karger January 22, 2012 at 05:53 PM
What an awful situation. I've heard it said that water is the greatest enemy of a house. The house we've been in for over 10 years is more than 260 years old. Until we had the roof replaced this past autumn, we had considerable interior damage from leaks. I can testify that moldy walls aren't conducive to good health! I hope the conditions improve for you. Camille, I'm hoping to find the time to write out my Locustdale experiences. I have only a few photos from there, but will include them.
Candyee 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
Candyee January 24, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Thank you ,Vera!
Candyee 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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