Today we’re sharing with you one of our favorite little nooks on Long Island. The Sherwood-Jayne House in East Setauket. It’s a place we go to for nature-inspired peace and simplicity when we want to get out of the house with the littles but aren’t up for too much activity or pre-planning. It was pure happenstance that we came across it when we did one spring day almost five years ago, but we’ve been drawn back to it countless times ever since.
It was the animals that first got our attention. Driving along Old Post Road, on our way to the children’s farm classes at nearby Benner’s Farm (which we gushed on at length about in this post!) we noticed the sheep grazing in the pasture, and in the distance- a horse as well. After that, I looked for those charming pastoral friends every week when we drove by, wondering where they were whenever I didn’t see them. Finally one day we decided to stop and see what this place was all about.
And what did we find?
Well simply that the Sherwood-Jayne House is a living piece of Long Island history. Originally built in the 1700s, the home and its surrounding accessory buildings, farm, and bucolic setting is maintained by the SPLIA who even offers tours of the restored house itself. It’s the tranquil meadows, grazing animals, and wooded trails that personally draw us back time and time again however.
We’ve spent many afternoons here in the years since that first visit, watching the children run up and down the hills, trekking through the trails lost either in thought or conversation, and watching the animals quietly as they watch us back and then go about their business. It’s just enough for a restorative hour or two with nature- a quick fix, if you will! So if you’re ever in the area for a visit or passing through on your way to an event or an activity nearby, stop in and check it out- we may just meet you there!