Over twenty years ago, my wife Bernadette and I purchased a home in Port Jefferson. It was thus we began a journey we never bargained for. The old house needed a tremendous amount of work, but it was close to the water and it simply captivated us. We made an offer, it was accepted and we closed the deal shortly after. At the closing the broker handed Bernadette a slip of paper with “Richard Mather” and a telephone number written on it.
Bernadette called the number on the paper slip and spoke to a woman named Millie Michos. Millie was very knowledgeable about the history of Port Jefferson, and told us she believed we bought Richard Mather’s house.After that day, and many hours spent searching through old deeds in the Riverhead records room, we found a deed that proved Richard and Irena Mather had in fact lived in the house at 121 Thompson Street.
Over the next ten years restoring and living in The Richard Mather house, we found many incredible artifacts and had remarkable experiences. The stories we could tell will perhaps be the subject of another book. In any event we’re forever a part of the history of this house. During our time living in Port Jefferson, we developed a passion for the local history, fueled by the abundance of photographs of life in the bygone days.
This inspired me to produced a book of the finest examples from the genre. I searched through hundreds of rare photos I had scanned over the years, and selected what I felt were the best of the best to include in this book.
Some might wonder why I created a picture book celebrating a town I haven't lived in for well over a decade.
The truth is I left Port Jefferson but it never left me.
I hope you enjoy the book!