The Sherwood-Jayne Farm, landscape, and accessory structures represent a continuum of architectural design, construction, and rural site planning that stretches over two centuries. Originally built around 1730 as a lean-to salt box dwelling, the house and agricultural setting were maintained as an operational farmstead for over 150 years by members of the Jayne family.
In 1908, Preservation Long Island’s founder, Howard C. Sherwood, acquired the property to showcase his lifetime interest in collecting, studying, and living with antiques. “Restored” by Joseph Everett Chandler of Boston, one of the leading Restoration/Colonial-Revival architects of the time, the house contains period furnishings and features original late eighteenth-century hand-painted floral wall frescoes. Located in a bucolic setting, the house maintains its nineteenth-century agrarian context with hayfields, meadows, woodlot, orchard, and pasture.
55 Old Post Road
East Setauket, NY 11733
June through October
*Please call 631-692-4664 or email [email protected] to confirm house opening hours.
*Check our EVENTS page for events at Sherwood-Jayne Farm and our other historic properties.
By Appointment Only:
Private Tour (up to six people) $100
Masks must be worn inside all buildings.
Sherwood-Jayne Farm Nature Trail
Hikers, joggers, bird watchers, and nature lovers are invited to enjoy our trail along a glacial moraine that features local wildlife including red tailed hawks, red fox, flying squirrels, eastern box turtles, great horned owls, gray catbirds, and downy woodpeckers.
The three mile trail is open to the public year-round during daylight hours. Please note dogs are not permitted on the trails.
Located on Suffolk County parkland, these woodland trails are maintained in partnership by Preservation Long Island and the Seatuck Environmental Association to encourage an appreciation for a place that is rich in both natural and cultural heritage.
Walking Tour of the Outbuildings and Landscape
Click the link below for a tour of Sherwood-Jayne’s outbuildings and landscape and learn about the history of this site and life on an 18th-century farm.
Education Programs at Sherwood-Jayne Farm
On-Site Education: Learn about our on-site programs at Sherwood-Jayne Farm for school groups that meet New York State English Language Arts Standard 1 and Social Studies Standard 1 requirements. Pre and post-visit materials are included.
For Teachers: The Sherwood-Jayne Farm Workshop offers afternoon and week-end teacher workshops on the daily life of a late 18th century farm family. Teachers visit historic outbuildings such as the barn, corn crib, ice house and privy. The Sherwood-Jayne House is a typical Long Island farm house with an oversized post and beam construction system of framing derived from the English.