The house is named for the woman who lived there and saved Indian Field from development in the 1970s, but who had her house taken from her by Suffolk County as a result. Made of reinforced concrete but designed to look like a simple cottage, it is named for Hilda Lindley, who, with her husband, Francis Vinton Lindley, bought the house in 1950 after it was made surplus by the Army.
Army fire control station in Indian Field in Montauk, New York. It was constructed as part of a national fire-control system along the coasts of the United States to spot enemy ships and aircraft.
In 1970, Hilda Lindley founded an environmental group called the Concerned Citizens of Montauk (CCOM) to save Indian Field’s unique natural and cultural history after developers proposed to build up to 1,800 houses on its 1,000 windswept, pristine acres.
After a long and bitter political fight, Lindley and the CCOM succeeded in convincing the Suffolk County Legislature to buy much of Indian Field for parkland.
“Darien’s trio of attackmen — Colin Minicus, Christian Trifone and Kevin Lindley — combined for a total of 10 goals and six assists to help the Blue Wave take a 14-0 halftime lead,” said Darien coach Jeff Brameier.
“The starting defense was solid again as they pitched a first half shutout with Mark Evanchick, Daniel Traver, Robbie Arrix, Peter Doering, Jack Feeley, Rock Stewart and Will Simpson all making easy work for sophomore goalie Ryan Cornell to make seven saves; and give way to senior Phil Rech in the second half with five saves.” Andrew Pugliese, Griffin Ross and Tanner Strubb were a combined 22-28 at the face-off X which contributed to the big margin of victory. Joe: Peter Basher 3-0, Colin Powell 1-0, Ryan Klibonski 0-1. Thursday when it will be Senior Night in the Stadium.
After several years of legal and political negotiation, Lindley and Suffolk County agreed to a lease, by which she and her family were to stay in the house for 35 years.
The structure is Grade Two listed and was recently renovated by Ashfield District Council with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Section 106 housing developer contributions and the Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings.
Work included installing a glazed roof, new windows and the commissioning of a film about the history of the mill which can be viewed inside the building itself.
Edd de Coverly, Service Director for Place and Communities at Ashfield District Council, said: “We are very lucky to have such an important part of our industrial heritage right on our doorstep here in Ashfield.
“With so many interesting artefacts and information on display, this is a great opportunity for residents across the district and further to learn about the fascinating story of this local landmark”.