A farmer named Richard Hallock built his home in 1751 where the Three Village Inn is now standing. His son, George Hallock, was the first major ship builder in the town. He built the first wharf in Stony Brook.
Jonas Smith bought the house in 1850. He was the only son of Daniel Smith and Hannah Satterly. Later, Jonas Smith married Nancy Williamson. People of Stony Brook knew him as "Rich Jonas" because he owned a fleet of 32 boats.
In 1907, a Presbyterian organization bought the house from Jonas Smith. In 1929, Mrs. Frank Melville, Jr., bought the house and renovated it for a Women’s Exchange to help people during the Depression of the 1930’s. The women’s group built a tea room, which grew over the years into a first class restaurant. It also had rooms for people to stay overnight. In 1942, the bar was added and an extension was built in 1946.
The original fireplace with its oven from the colonial times can still be seen in the bar. Also, In Jonas Smith’s room you can see the original beams with its pegged joints.
Now, it is a really great restaurant with excellent food and a beautiful view of Stony Brook Harbor. If you want to enjoy a wonderful meal in Old Stony Brook, go to the Three Village Inn. Visit the Three Village Inn web site!
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