Block Island Old Harbor Walking Tour

3. 1661 Inn Farm and Gardens

Some people collect antiques. Some, exotic cars. Justin Abrams, who owned both the Hotel Manisses and 1661 Inn, had a passion for exotic animals. A former agriculture major in college, Abrams started with a few sheep and goats in 1970; by the time he passed away in 2016, he had a six-acre farm with a yak, a zebu, emus and kangaroos, and even a rare zebra-donkey mix called a zedonk, of which only 200 or so are thought to exist. (The 1661’s zedonk is one-eyed, and named Cindy.) Abrams left the farm to his grandsons, who carry out his vision today. Accessible from dawn to dusk, 1661 Inn Farm and Gardens is tucked into a hillside meadow across from the Inn itself; there’s no charge to see the animals, but you can buy a bag of feed for a dollar and make an emu or two very happy.

    

Directions to next stop: 

When you’re done at the farm, head back down Spring Street the way you came (towards the statue.) At the statue of Rebecca, take a left and an immediate right onto Weldon’s Way. The Block Island Conservancy Education Center is in a small peach building on your right.