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1805 Blacksmith Shop, S’hampton

Hurricane Irene made landfall over Eastern North Carolina’s Outer Banks on the morning of August 27 as a Category 1 hurricane.  After briefly reemerging over water, it then made landfall near Brigantine Island, NJ, early on the 28th before making itself known as a serious storm with its third landfall in the Coney Island area of Brooklyn.  The storm inflicted considerable damage throughout the New York region, but most notably at the Southampton Historical Museum on Meeting House Lane.  Irene’s tropical-storm-force winds felled an old tree on Oak Street which in turn leveled the Blacksmith Shop when it caused the tree to directly hit the ridge of the historic structure.

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