Cutchogue, NY

North Fork Stewardship Center

Project Type

Stewardship

Acreage

3.8

Things to do

Nature Study, Biking

Access

Public

Address
22600 Main Rd, Cutchogue, NY 11935

About

The Peconic Land Trust’s North Fork Stewardship Center (NFSC), located in Cutchogue, is the focal point for our land conservation activities on the North Fork.

From this base of operations, our professional land stewards work with landowners and municipalities to develop and implement stewardship management plans that meet landowners’ needs and maintain the natural features and agricultural value of land on the North Fork.

Staff and board at the North Fork Stewardship Center in 2004

The Center was established in 1999, thanks to the generous donation of a 3.8-acre preserve that is part of a 155-acre tract of protected farmland, woodland and wetlands known as Fort Neck, and was the site of the original, historic farmstead.

This tract includes the Fort Corchaug National Historic Landmark, site of a mid-17th century fort built by members of the Corchaug tribe when English settlers began to move into the area.

The property includes a rare English style post and beam barn, as well as other historic outbuildings. Restoration of the 19th century barn and continued maintenance of the preserve’s other buildings and groups are ongoing projects of the Trust.

North Fork Stewardship Historic Barn

Restoration of the rare 18th century English style post and beam barn at our North Fork Stewardship Center began in 2004. At that time, the Peconic Land Trust received a $25,000 grant from the New York State Barns Restoration and Preservation Program to provide for the barn’s immediate stabilization. Reconstruction of the stone foundation, sills and floor system for the main barn, and reconstruction of the piers and sills for the attached shed are now nearly complete.

According to Robert Hefner, historic preservation consultant, this barn has great historic and architectural significance. The 3-bay English-style barn has a heavy timber frame, hewn of white oak, and is typical of those built on Eastern Long Island from the 17th to early 20th century. It is one of just a few that remains intact. Most have been torn down or converted into residences.

The first phase of restoration is complete, with additional phases proceeding as donations are received to support further work. When completed, the barn will be used to present educational programs that raise awareness of Long Island’s agricultural heritage among residents, visitors and school groups. In addition, the Trust will continue to use the barn for storage of farming and stewardship equipment used to manage agricultural lands on the North Fork.

Visitor Information

The North Fork Stewardship Center is the base of operations for our stewardship staff. The fields to the south and west of the office and historic barn are leased to McCall Farms.

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North Fork Stewardship Center

22600 Main Rd, Cutchogue, NY 11935

Things To Do

Nature Study
Biking