Downs Farm Preserve


On June 30, 1997, the Town of Southold acquired title to a 51 acre parcel on Downs Creek, in Cutchogue, from the estate of William J. Baxter.

The Downs Farm Preserve is a significant natural and historic resource that encompasses a Native American fort site, scenic woodlands and tidal wetlands.

The Downs Farm Preserve is designated as a New York State Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitat and included in the Suffolk County Peconic Bay Estuary Critical Environmental Zone, as part of the Peconic Pinelands Maritime Reserve.


The Downs Farm Preserve is located in the southwest part of the Town of Southold on the North Fork of long Island. The parcel consists of 51 acres and is bounded by Downs Creek on the east, County Route 25 on the north, farmland with Development Rights sold to the Suffolk County Farm Program on the west and private lands, subject to a Conservation Easement help by the Peconic Land Trust on the South.


The Preserve's Mission is to preserve and interpret the culture and life of the Corchaug Indians as well as the agricultural heritage of the North Fork. This will be accomplished through archeological research, natural resource education and historical study while allowing visitors the opportunity to experience the natural beauty and cultural environment of this National Historic Landmark.

Volunteers & Contributions

Fort Corchaug at Downs Preserve welcomes volunteers to assist in the periodic maintenance of the trails. Anyone wishing to donate or loan artifacts, documents, etc. to be used for specific topical exhibits is encouraged to do so. The old one-room schoolhouse at the Visitor Center offers an opportunity for those who are interested in sharing a skill or knowledge on the history and the future of Agriculture on the North Fork in a small group setting.


Special Events are coordinated by the Town of Southold and the Group for the East End.

Additional Information

If you are interested in either of the above, please contact Jim McMahon at (631) 765-1283.


Below are pictures of local Girl Scout Troop 1205 at the Cutchogue East School helping to build 10 bird houses for installation at the Down Farm Preserve, in Cutchogue as part of their Community Service Project.