Shelter Island’s First General Store
Located up the lane from Coecles Harbor, this exceptionally charming, cedar shingled two-story farmhouse, built in 1889, at the turn of the century was the bustling Cartwright General Store. More recently it has been the studio for noted artist Alan Shields and a doctor’s office. Tucked behind established tall privet within landscaped grounds, a stone path leads to the rocking chair porch where the original Cartwright family greeted their guests. Just inside, the vintage wide plank floors, bead board and wood-burning fireplace, one of four with the other three being wood-burning stoves, are intact and well maintained. There is a spacious living room, a country kitchen with prep sink, wine fridge, tin ceilings, two first floor guest bedrooms and den with full bath and a second floor master suite. Just outside the kitchen is a delightful sunny courtyard with flowering shrubs, for entertaining. There is a second dwelling, presently used as an office but which can be used as a guest house, with central air, three rooms, sinks and ADA compliant half bath. Located in business zone, this property is ready for a business, rental investment opportunity or historic home enthusiast.