The 17-acre Clayville historic site includes a c.1830s inn, two log cabins, and several outbuildings. It was restored in the 1960’s as a place to train historic site managers and educate the public in the history of the area through demonstrations and reenactments. Ownership of the site changed hands and, by 1992, operations at the site had been discontinued and the buildings began to fall into a dire state of disrepair. The site stood vacant and forgotten under years of overgrowth for a decade, when it (Broadwell Tavern) was listed as on LI’s 2007 “Ten Most Endangered Historic Places.” In 2009, the Pleasant Plains Historical Society was formed with the mission of acquiring and restoring the site. This organization spearheaded the purchase, clean-up, restoration, and preservation of this site through mainly volunteer efforts. Since this project was completed in March 2010, the site has been utilized for various functions and events by a wide range of community organizations.
Photo credits: 1
Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS); 2-8 Pleasant Plains Historical