This project will enable the Three Village Historical Society to purchase and preserve the Dominick-Crawford Barn and two accompanying structures, in order to provide education, meeting and exhibition opportunities for the public once the buildings are restored. The Barn is a historically significant building from circa 1860, which is currently located on public land in the Village of Old Field. Old Field is part of the Three Village area in the Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York.
The Three Village Historical Society (TVHS) wishes to purchase, renovate, and move the buildings onto its 2.24 acre property in Setauket, New York (also part of the Three Villages) so that there will be consistent stewardship of the structures, and they will be used in a manner that will benefit the community. The Society is currently developing a concept plan for establishment of an Educational Resource Center (the Center) in the Crawford Barn. The Center will provide extensively expanded facilities for the Society to fulfill its mission to foster and preserve local history and educate the public about the area’s rich cultural heritage. The Society’s plans for the Center encompass the incorporation of: teaching facilities with necessary tools and aids, exhibit space that will be flexible and interchangeable, archive facilities that will be readily accessible to staff, local educators, students and the general public. The Center will allow the Society to supplement the space currently being used at the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library in Setauket and provide accessible, climate-controlled, secure storage for the preservation of the Society’s many historical artifacts. The Society also plans for the Center to include research space with state of the art capabilities, meeting rooms for small and moderate-sized community groups, and facilities for special community activities and events.
Donations to the Crawford Barn Renovation Project will be matched by the David Fortuna Matching Grant fund.