Charles Lenker's Property, Freeport NY
Excerpted from a larger bird's-eye view of Freeport, NY this image shows an agricultural business located on North Main Street; we see a streetcar in the foreground. Lenker is described as a "Florist and Nurseryman," although given Freeport's proximity to Manhattan he may have grown produce for the city as well. In addition to outdoor fields, several large greenhouses are part of the operation. The windmill may have been used to circulate air, but it's more likely to have operated an irrigation system. Today Freeport still "draws its water supply from eight operating wells that have been drilled into Magothy Aquifer at depths ranging from 500 feet to 640 feet. This aquifer, which was originally created by a glaciers action, is held in place by sand and pressure of the ocean water that surrounds Long Island" (Village of Freeport).
Hughes & Bailey
Original image: Library of Congress
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Bird's Eye View
3 x 7 cm.