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Historic Fort Salonga Home on Market for $1.15 Million

Estate was once owned by Consuelo Vanderbilt and Lily, Duchess of Marlborough.

A historic Fort Salonga estate once owned by Consuelo Vanderbilt and the Duchess of Marlborough, has gone on the market for $1.15 million dollars.

The estate was once owned by Lily, Duchess of Marlborough who later gifted the home to Consuelo Vanderbilt, who married her stepson, the 9th Duke of Marlborough, Charles Richard John Spencer-Churchill. Lily gave the home to them as a wedding gift.

According to Smithtown Historian, Brad Harris, there was an important reason for Lily to come back to America.

"She had to come back to America for a required number of weeks to get her inheritance and that is what she was doing in Fort Salonga," said Harris.

According to tax records, the home was built in 1895, origianally sat on 40 acres.  The 1.73 acre lot includes an in-ground pool gunite pool with a dive rock, tennis court and a fish pond.

In the early 1900's the home became the Beresford Lodge, a boarding house, which was named after the Duchess. The home is currently owned by Bill and Cindy Chase and serves as a home for their two daughters, according to a listing on the home.

"I guess it is rare that one with so much history makes it to the open market," said Harris. "It is kind of unusual."

The home has a total of 16 rooms, pine wood floors throughout along with five fireplaces and nanny quarters.

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If you would like more information or a private showing of this home or any home currently on the market, please contact Tricia Dwyer-Johnston, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson at Realty Connect USA, directly at (631) 921-6520. On the web at www.TriciaTheRealtor.com.

John K Massaro September 27, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Been doing a little reading up on this little piece of KP/Ft Salonga history. I found this on another Real Estate listing... Construction on the 40 acre Estate started in 1890 and finished in 1895. The Estate was owned by the beautiful 25 year old Lily Duchess of Marlborough. Lillian (Jane) Warren Price of Troy New York was married in 1879 to Louis Carre Hamersley, a very wealthy New York Real Estate Millionaire. After Mr. Hamersley's death in 1883, she met and married the 8th Duke of Marlborough George Charles Spencer-Churchill on June 29th 1888. In 1892, the 8th Duke of Marlborough died. Lily then married again on April 30th 1895 to Lord William Beresford, one of the bravest British officers, becoming Lady Beresford, but retained her title Duchess of Marlborough. It was said she married a man for his money, a Duke for his title, and a hero for love. Her stepson walked her down the aisle when she married Lord William Beresford. continued...
John K Massaro September 27, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Lily had much to do with arranging her stepson's, the 9th Duke of Marlborough Charles Richard John Spencer-Churchill, meeting with Miss Consuelo Vanderbilt and they got married November 6th 1895.Lily spent many summers at the Fort Salonga Estate with Winston Churchill's grandmother, Lady Frances (Fanny), had a rose garden she tended here. Lily was respondsible for Etiquetteers love for summer whites. During her first marriage, she would dress completely in white and, after some time, so would everyone else. In the early 1900's, the home became a boarding house called "The Beresford Lodge" named after Lady Lily Beresford, Duchess of Marlborough. It was owned and run by Alfred Harned and his mother Adeline A. (Brush) Harned. Around the 1940's it is rumored that one of the engineers that created the Astrodome lived here. Judge Fred J. Munder, who served the Suffolk County Courts and State Supreme Court, lived here between 1960's and 1980's. During this time the land was split up and sold off. The Donovans, who were in Real Estate, lived here between 1980's up to 1992. Bill and Cindy Chase, and their two daughters Ashley and Courtney, have lived in the home since 1994. Pretty interesting stuff...
Anon September 28, 2012 at 02:39 AM
John! As you mentioned ~~ You better play lotto because I think you are well-suited to buy this historic estate! What a history, right! Indeed pretty interesting stuff! ~Trish Dwyer-Johnston
John K Massaro September 28, 2012 at 03:49 AM
:) Ahhh. One can dream...
sally svenson October 11, 2012 at 10:16 PM
As the author of Lily, Duchess of Marlborough (1854--1909): A Portrait with Husbands, I thought I might clarify your information about this house. Lily, who made her home in England and was widowed for the third time in 1900, bought the property in 1904. She was the beneficiary of, and one of three trustees of the estate of her first husband, New Yorker Louis Hamersley; made regular trips to the United States; and acquired the property in connection with estate planning. However, she spent little time there--hosted one house party and passed perhaps three weeks there in three years. She did not return to the house after 1906. After her death, the property was sold by her American executors, who then transferred her American assets to Britain for inclusion in the estate she left to her young son.

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