In 1971, Adelaide de Menil and Edmund Carpenter purchased a large parcel of undeveloped potato farmland in East Hampton, New York. Almost by accident, they learned of a dilapidated farmhouse from the American Colonial period nearby, and moved it to the site. They restored the house, and soon discovered a number of other neglected period structures around the region. One by one, 18th- and 19th-century barns and farmhouses were assembled and restored on the property, eventually forming what might be described as a colonial village of the 20th century. This tranquil setting became their primary home, but also allowed Carpenter to host many of his colleagues as guests. Marshall McLuhan, Margaret Mead, and innumerable artists and intellectuals came to know the property, affectionately referred to simply as “Further Lane,” after the road it was on. Each structure, however, retained the name of its original owner or town, such as “Hand House,” “Peach Farm,” “Purple House,” “Bridgehampton Barn,” etc. In 2007, the couple decided to sell the property, and to donate the buildings to the town of East Hampton. Once more, the structures were moved, and reconfigured on a new site. They now form the main government offices and courthouse for the town.