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Privately owned until 1986, Old Field Farm was acquired by Suffolk County to prevent commercial sale of the property or possible subdivision and development. During this period the facility stood vacant and continued to deteriorate. The County initiated a search to identify an appropriate entity to take on an extensive restoration required and manage Old Field Farm and return this prized local institution to its rightful place in the community. The following is a chronicle of the site’s ongoing restoration.
New gates were created by master woodworker furniture designer Darren Sternlieb (on the far right on top right photo) who donated his time and talents. Also pictured is Old Field Farm volunteer Stephen Rizzutto and John Graziano, a sustainability major from Cornell University. Materials donated by Goldman Sachs. The new gate posts were also installed by volunteers from Goldman Sachs.
The photograph on the left shows the Richard Haviland Smythe Main Barn (north side) before restoration. The photo on the right shows the barn during its restoration.
A photograph (top left) of the grandstand and main ring before restoration along with a photo of the main ring today (top right) and the grandstand today (bottom).