NFSC Historic Barn Restoration
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.