On June 30, 2017, the Town of East Hampton entered into a licensing agreement with Peconic Historic Preservation, Inc., for the Duck Creek Farm Historic Site located at 367 Three Mile Harbor Road, East Hampton. The Town Board designated this a historic landmark site nearly eight years ago on June 5, 2009. The Duck Creek Farm parcel contains the c. 1795 Edwards House and the c. 1890 Gardiner Barn.
John Edwards built the farmhouse that survives today in 1795. The farm was operated by Edwards, his sons and grandsons from 1795 to 1902. The farm contained 130 acres comprising nearly the entire east shore of Three Mile Harbor. The Edwards House is architecturally significant as an intact example of a two-story “half house”, featuring many existing exterior features including the nineteenth-century windows, the boxed cornice with Federal period moldings, and the early lean-to summer kitchen addition.
The artist John Little purchased Duck Creek Farm in 1948 and later that year moved a barn from the farm of David Johnson Gardiner on James Lane, East Hampton, to Duck Creek Farm for use as a studio. The c. 1890 Gardiner Barn is architecturally significant as a late representative of the three-bay “English” barn that persisted as the principal type of barn built in East Hampton from the 17th century through the 19th century. The sawn pine frame, the overhanging eaves and original sliding barn doors are among the characteristics that are typical of this later period.
Duck Creek Farm, as the home and studio of John Little, is also historically significant for illustrating the colony of East Hampton artists of the 1950’s and 1960’s who made important contributions to the artistic movement of abstract expressionism. The Gardiner Barn, which was John Little’s studio, is the building at Duck Creek Farm that most vividly recalls this era.
An integral part of the licensing agreement with the Town is the management plan proposed by Peconic Historic Preservation, Inc. Although the agreement only started on July 1st, plans were quickly developed for an art exhibition later that month and a free concert for the community in August. Both events were well attended although there was little advance notice to the community since the ink was barely dry on the agreement. Plans are now being developed for the 2018 season at The Duck Creek Farm Barn and they will be noticed to the community in plenty of time to enjoy them. The site will re-open in May 2018. Watch this space for plans for next season’s events.
Your generous support will help cover the costs of operations, utilities, maintenance and equipment such as temporary stages, lecterns, folding chairs and tables as well as any equipment required for the installation of art and artistic events.
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