On April 12, 2018, the Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust purchased the development rights interest, to Plat 19, Lot 34-1, from Catherine Conte. The development rights were purchased through a Deed to Development Rights and Conservation Restrictions document. The development rights to Plat 19, Lot 34-1 were purchased along with the development rights to Plat 19, Lot 34-2. These properties are located on West Main Road.
A Baseline Documentation Report was completed on this property in September 2018. The report outlines the history of the property, as well as, current land uses (see below). The entire report is available on this website.
Prior Land Uses: The Premises have a long agricultural history. Early historic aerial photographs from 1939 indicate the Premises itself has been similarly composed since that time, while in the surrounding landscape much historic agricultural land has re-vegetated or been developed for residential use. In historic aerial photographs from 1972, the farm pond is newly visible and the banks of Dundery Brook are cleared all the way north to Meetinghouse Lane, where the pond at the Ponderosa appears to have been recently constructed.
Current Land Use: Today, the Premises contain hayfields and meadows, a farm pond, wooded forestland and wooded swamp, shrub swamp and ruderal shrubland, and Dundery Brook, a first-order perennial stream.