After buying the Lester/Labrozzi property in 2005 and declaring it to be used for "Open Space, Historic Preservation, and Recreation" in 2009, it looks like the East Hampton Town Board has finally decided what to do with it. They recently approved the use of the land and Selah Lester house and barn as a museum focused on East End farming.
According to Town Councilwoman, Farm Museum Committee liaison and noted crier, Theresa Quigley, the concept is to use each of the house's rooms in a different way: One will feature the permanent collection, another will house a rotating collection and the final room will be a working kitchen. The kitchen will be stocked with fruit grown in a garden found on the property and used to demonstrate pie making, jelly making and preserving of fruits. The museum could be open as early as this spring.
Never ones to leave well enough alone, the town board is hoping that the site becomes the future home of the of the East Hampton Farmers' Market as well. Located in the parking lot of Nick and Toni's for the last five years, the weekly market has inexplicably become a target of the board. "We're working on getting that approved," Ms. Quigley said.