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 on the Premises 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 as having been in agriculture since at least 1939. Aerial photography from that year shows a majority of the Premises cleared for grazing or hay production. By 1981 much of the low-lying land on the edge of the Dundery Brook/Briggs Marsh had begun reforesting, while the remainder of the Premises was still in agriculture. Aerial photographs from 2011 show the Northwestern section of the Premises (~2.3 acres) was being tilled for field crops, along with a plot (~1.3 acres) on the East side of the Premises.
Current Land Use: At present, the open fields of the Premises are mowed at least annually.