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 property abuts Briggs Marsh and Dundery Brook. 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 on the property in March 2019. The report outlines the history of the property, as well as, its land uses (see below). The entire Baseline Documentation Report is available on this website.
Prior Land Uses: The oldest records available show the Premises as having been in agriculture since at least 1939. Aerial photography from that year shows a vast majority of the Premises cleared of forest and in hay fields or vegetable crop field of some kind. A ~40′ buffer strip of forested swamp is observable in these early aerial photographs and exists into the present.
Current Land Uses: At present the Premises are mowed at least annually.