In the foreward to the new book "Jack Lener Larson's LongHouse" (Chronicle, $50), playwright Edward Albee writes that in the 47 years he's lived on the East End he has watched the area "become a rich folks' playground, losing its superb open areas of farmland and gaining -- if you can call it that -- ridiculously extravagant mansion copies crowding the beaches."
But, he goes on, "attempts to scrub the Hamptons clean of its personality don't entirely succeed," pointing to the LongHouse Reserve as a local paradise.
The book is all about the 15-acre East Hampton attraction -- textile designer Larsen's house, which is open to the public and, Albee writes, a work of "paradise" and "perfection."
The LongHouse Reserve, which is located at 133 Hands Creek Rd., is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2 to 5 p.m. through the end of June and in September and October (it closes Oct. 9 for the season). In July and August, hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors; children under 12 accompanied by an adult are free.
Photo by Molly Chappellet