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Old Orchard Farm Store - An Authentic North Fork Time Capsule

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Old Orchard Farm Store is an unassuming little art & antiques shop on a quiet street off of Main Road in Orient. Owners Bob & Leslie Black are a husband and wife team that share a passion for collecting – particularly pieces of vintage impressionist art of Peconic Bay and the surrounding area.

“That’s kind of our specialty. We find vintage Peconic Bay art and we bring it back to the area, whether it’s in Florida or Tennessee, we’ve found art as far away as the state of Washington.”

 Alphabet of Maritime signals 

Alphabet of Maritime signals 

Their store is a love letter to all things vintage, nautical and local to the North Fork of Long Island. Every shelf, stand, and table is covered with unique treasures: hand painted oyster plates made by UPW at the turn of the century, original linen maps from the early/mid-1800s, even bespoke furniture made by friends using reclaimed wood and local materials. On the walls, paintings by Carolyn Bunn, James Napoleon and other local artists.

 Original map of Orient from 1842 - the region was called Oyster Pond Point

Original map of Orient from 1842 - the region was called Oyster Pond Point

The couple originally purchased the store in the 80’s. Bob says “My wife is third generation out here, we started this business in 1981 when we were dating. We sold a lot of country things back then but we were interested in collecting art and antiques. Then we got married and left the area - fast forward 30 years and we’re back. We always had our eye on coming back because we had the family house and we are getting it ready now for the next generation. Hopefully we just keep that going.”

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By the time Bob and Leslie returned they had honed both their tastes and their knowledge of art, bringing a new focus to the Old Orchard Farm Store, and the business took off. “This thing exceeded our expectations triple fold, but were OK, we can keep the pace. We love hunting, finding, and bringing back things that are coastal/nautically inspired – anything that has a Long Island / North Fork sensibility to it. You know what were about when you’re in our shop.”

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The store now stays open until December, with two or three art shows throughout the season. “I really didn’t think I’d be having art shows with contemporary artists I just thought I’d play with the vintage collectables. But there’s so much talent out here, there are so many artists. Carolyn Bunn, James Napoleon. We got Alan Bull coming in. There so many phenomenal people.”

This Saturday the store is hosting the Opening Reception for an art show for Alan Bull, an artist who now lives in Newburyport MA and has an extensive repertoire of paintings featuring the North Fork. The exhibit, titled “North Fork Light” opens 5-7pm on August 11.

Check out Old Orchard Farm Store on Facebook here and on instagram @oldorchardfarmstore

Old Orchard Farm Store
1240 Village Lane Orient NY, 631 323 8083
Open 10-4pm

oldorchardfarmstore.com