That when P.T. Barnum died in 1891 his estate was valued at $4.3 million dollars. Mr. Barnum made his fortune not just from his circus, but from real estate; some of which he purchased in Port Jefferson on Long Island.
In 1873 P.T. Barnum bought land in Port Jefferson and, using his nephew and a real estate partner as his agents, cleaned up the site by removing dense areas of trees in the area known as Brick Hill. He planned to "erect a good number of houses there".
While the first parcels were advertised in August of 1875, none were purchased until December 1877. This delay was explained by "the hard times and low ebb in real estate". Today, you can visit Barnum Avenue and Oakes Street to see the beautiful homes that were erected here. If you are heading over to Connecticut you might take the Port Jeff Ferry vessel bearing his name.
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