On November 1, 2007, the Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust purchased the fee simple interest in Plat 22, Lot 15-4, from Mary Jane and Albert Peckham. The property consist of 27.76 acres, located on Peckham Road. Currently, Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards leases the property from the Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust. Grapes are grown on the property for the manufacture of wine. A Baseline Documentation Report was completed in April 2006. The report outlines the history of the property, as well as, current land uses. An excerpt from the report is below. The entire report may be viewed on this website.
Prior Land UsesBased on the examination of historic aerial photography, the property has been farmed since at least 1939. The currently forested portion of the property appears to have been comprised of mostly shrubby vegetation in 1939, but has been allowed to grow back into forest since that time. The nearby Watson Reservoir was constructed on swampland sometime between 1952 and 1962. Hedgerows were established between cultivated fields by the early 1970s. Otherwise, the property has looked similar to its current condition since the 1950s.
Current Land Uses Currently, the property is owned by Albert and Mary Jane Peckham, and is used for primarily agricultural purposes, including hay production and vineyard. The forested portion of the property is unused for agriculture and provides excellent forested and wetland wildlife habitat.