Haying on Middle Farms Flat, Fishers Island. 1920.
More than a century after the establishment of a human-centric summer resort on its shores, we have all but forgotten that for most of its storied history Fishers Island was a working cattle and sheep farm with attached dairy.
This exhibition puts animals back at the center of island life—a spot they steadfastly occupied for centuries following settlement in the 1640s. The rise and fall of farming on Fishers Island is chronicled under successive Winthrop, Fox, and Ferguson family owners. Also included is a special section on Fishers Island’s last major farm, the Fishers Island Oyster Farm.
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