In 1994, the Southworth family sold the development right of Plat 15, Lots 3-1, 3-3 and 3-4 to the Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust. The property is located on Swamp Road. The total of the three lots is fifty four and one-half (54.5), as referenced by the Little Compton Tax Assessors Maps, is: Lot 3-1 twenty (20) acres, Lot 3-3 seventeen and three-tenths acres (17.3) Lot 3-4 seventeen and one-half acres (17.5). The State of R.I. partnered with the Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust in purchasing these development rights. As such, should the Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust fail to implement the deed restrictions, the State of RI has the right to do so.
A Baseline Documentation Report was completed in March 2019. The report outlines the history of the property, as well as, its land uses (see below). The entire report is available on this website.
Prior Land Uses: The oldest records available show the Premises having been in agriculture since at least 1939. Aerial photography from that year shows the majority of the Premises was pasture, with only the eastern edge composed of forested wetland (~ 1.4 acres). By 1981 the forested portion had spread to 2.8 acres with the remainder of the Premises existing as pasture. After 1997 a southeastern portion of the Premises (~6.5 acres) went into field crop production and has been managed through plowing and tilling. This field crop plot extends onto a neighboring Premises (Kean/Awashonks View LLC (Plat 15, Lot 1). A second, smaller field crop area (~.6 acres) is just north of the homesite located in the center of the Premises. The rest of the fields have been used for hay production.
Current Land Uses: At present, a portion of the Premises (~7.1 acres) is being managed for field crops. A 5 acre portion of the western slope of the Premises is used for hay production. There is a vegetated buffer strip along the eastern edge of Briggs’ Marsh, of which ~1 acre is on the Southeastern corner of the Premises.