Located at 1880 Old Mill Road in Wantagh stands the historic Lawrence House. Built in 1830 and purchased by George Lawrence in 1832, the historic farmhouse holds the same presence today as it did in the height of the 19th century.
The home was a place of freedom for George and his wife. Having been freed from slavery from the Quakers, they were able to live a life of love, peace and liberty. The property remained in the Lawrence family until 1934 and still has a few original elements such as the brick root cellar and blown glass within the windows.
The details of its construction are easily seen from the outside with the gable roof and cornice moldings on the windows. The front entrance is very prominent as well and expresses true Greek Revival design. With two square columns and decorative moldings, this is one impressive grand entrance.
Despite the fact that slavery hadn't been abolished, a group of Quakers who lived in the area were helping Long Island slaves to freedom on their own. The small community would purchase slaves, set them free and give them land to farm in the area once known as The Brush, where the Wantagh community of slaves resided.
So as you can see, the Old Mill Road area was quite a brave one. If it hadn't been for the Quakers, George and his wife might not have been able to live a free life in this beautiful home.
The next time you explore the area or simply drive by during your day, appreciate the historic landmark. Not only does it represent freedom but it also shows that hope can truly bring change.