The historic Lewis Barn, also known as the Rich Barn, is slated for demolition at Old Bethpage Village Restoration (OBVR). This barn holds significant historical value, with portions dating back to the late 18th century. If you reside in Nassau County, contact your legislators to advocate for preserving the structure.

Originally from the Lewis Estate in Setauket, it was moved to OBVR in 1971. Unfortunately, the barn is scheduled for demolition due to deferred maintenance and extensive termite damage. This is a symptom of a larger issue: OBVR, owned by Nassau County, is facing chronic underfunding for the maintenance and care of its historic resources. Several other buildings have been demolished at the site – the 1743 Bedell House was razed in 2014.

The Lewis Barn has been stabilized from falling. We urge Nassau County to pause the demolition and work with organizations like Preservation Long Island and Three Village Historical Society to explore funding options that might save the barn including the New York State Historic Barn Rehabilitation Tax Credit.

“When OBVR was established, it relied on state-of-the-art museum practice to guide restoration and educational interpretation of its buildings. A lot of time, brainpower, and money went into creating OBVR and it’s a shame to see its historic resources in such a state. Since it opened in 1970, OBVR has become important as a place that was intentionally created to tell a story about Long Island’s past. In this sense, it’s gained another layer of historic significance which only amplifies the need for its preservation even further.” – Alexandra Wolfe, Preservation Long Island Executive Director

“I’m hopeful that we can find a way to save the barn. We support a conversation between Nassau County and concerned citizens that will lead to a holistic solution where the Village is maintained as a treasure to the community, as it was intended.” – Tara Cubie, Preservation Long Island Advocacy and Preservation Director

Photo credit: 2007 image by Gary Hammond; Barn stabilized image by Preservation Long Island