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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 historical horticultural practices with more modern gardening techniques. Beginning in the 1970s, Doris Duke relocated several historic buildings to the property, including an eye-catching windmill.

Preservation Properties


Prescott Farm is open to the public daily, from dawn to dusk. Onsite and virtual programs are also offered. Stay tuned to our website for updates on upcoming events coming soon.

Second Sundays

Each month from June to October, NRF joins with a non-profit partner to dig deeper into the many stories of Prescott Farm and Aquidneck Island for our Second Sunday programming.


You can also experience STEAM-inspired programs and fun craft activities from your own home. Visit our YouTube channel now to start watching.

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.

For information on guided tours of Prescott Farm, please contact Jen Davis at

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

Visit our Group Tours page for more information.

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 regularly donate over 700 lbs of food.

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