A Tree Farmer’s House Is Rooted in the Landscape

The owners of Long Island’s Old Orchard Nursery tap Ryall Sheridan Architects to develop a slice of their cherished site.
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Keith Scott Morton first spied Orient, New York, in 1980, while sailing around the eastern tip of Long Island’s North Fork. "There were wooden boats, and sailboats, and a wharf from the 1800s," Keith recalls seeing in the town’s namesake harbor. "I thought, ‘Man, this is it—I just found heaven.’" A follow-up trip by land confirmed that, unlike the Hamptons to the south, Reagan-era consumerism had not touched this hamlet of cauliflower and oyster farms. In 1985, the New York City–based photographer began constructing a small house designed by his cousin on two acres within walking distance of the historic downtown.

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