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Prescott Farm preserves 40 acres of open space, a tribute to the agrarian heritage of Aquidneck Island. The site is open daily from dawn to dusk for public enjoyment.

Prescott Farm’s kitchen and herb gardens are tended to by a dedicated team from University of Rhode Island’s Master Gardener program and our living laboratories showcase the marriage of colonial horticultural practices with more modern gardening techniques. To enhance the rural landscape, Doris Duke relocated several historic buildings to the property, including an eye-catching windmill.

Preservation Properties


Stone walls are all over the New England landscape, and NRF has restored hundreds of feet of wall at Prescott Farm with the help of two master builders and many helping hands.

Our popular Stone Wall Workshop has been held every year since 2003 and frequently sells out. Workshops are usually offered in spring & fall, and will be listed in the What’s On section above.

Youth Programs
Youth Programs are available for all ages. If you are an educator interested in bringing your group to Prescott Farm, see our Educator Resources page for more details.

Guided tours can be tailored to meet your group’s needs and interests, but might include an exploration of the site’s ties to the Revolutionary War, historic and contemporary horticultural practices, or aspects of daily life in rural New England.

Group tours
Available year round. For the best experience, we recommend weekdays, May to October.

Visit our Group Tours page for more information on program offerings and rates.

2009 West Main Road
Middletown, RI

401–846–4152 ext. 123,

The grounds are free and open to the public daily dawn to dusk.

About the Property

Prescott Farm’s landscape is typical of rural Aquidneck Island in the 18th and 19th centuries, with gentle sloping land, good soil, fields lined with stonewalls, and areas of scrub trees and brush.

Doris Duke, purchased the 40–acre farm in 1969 with the intent of preserving historic open space and creating a space for additional historic buildings rescued from imminent demolition.

This site has a history intimately tied to the American Revolution. General Prescott, commander of the British occupying force, was captured from his headquarters here at the Nichols-Overing House.

Today, the gardens at Prescott Farm are tended by a dedicated team of Master Gardeners who give generously of their hard work and expertise.

The produce harvested from the gardens is donated to Lucy’s Hearth, a local women's shelter. We donated over 760 pounds of food in 2017.

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