Flanders Commerce & Culture
One aspect of Flanders that literally and figuratively cannot be missed is the famed Big Duck. This gigantic waterfowl with Ford Model T taillight eyes currently sits on the former Maurer Duck Farm in Flanders. Duck farmer Martin Maurer had the eye-catching, specifically-shaped structure built — utilizing Broadway set designers — to help sell his farm’s wares in the 1930s. Today, the Big Duck lends its name to the quaint term “duck architecture” — a hyper-specific genre of roadside attractions — and undoubtedly makes for one of the quirkiest entries in the National Register of Historic Places. Outdoor hobbyists will have a field day in Flanders, whether paddling on the Peconic or exploring the area's numerous parks, preserves, and forests. Flanders shares borders with Riverhead and Hampton Bays, which supply different flavors of commerce from outlet malls to locally-owned shops to popular eateries, vineyards, distilleries, and orchards.