The Big Duck, Flanders

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The Big Duck is a ferrocement building in the shape of a duck located in Flanders, New York, on Long Island. It was originally built in 1931 by duck farmer Martin Maurer in nearby Riverhead, and used as a shop to sell ducks and duck eggs. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. It is a principal building on the Big Duck Ranch, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.DescriptionThe Big Duck is a prime example of literalism in advertising. The building measures 18ft wide, 30ft long and 20ft tall to the top of the head. The duck's eyes are made from Ford Model T tail lights and the interior floor space is confined to 11ft by 15ft. The wood frame, wire mesh/concrete surface building was designed in the shape of a Pekin duck in order to house a retail poultry store.HistoryOwner Martin Maurer had The Big Duck building constructed in 1930 and 1931 on a prime spot on the busy Main Street in the town of Riverhead on Long Island, New York. The builders Smith and Yeager completed the concrete finish work on the Big Duck which was featured in Atlas Cement's 1931 calendar. Merlin Yeager noted that most of the duck is actually finished with Portland Cement, but they ran out and finished with Atlas Cement. The Big Duck was also featured in Popular Mechanics magazine.
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  • Yep, it's a must see if you are in the area. I remember as a child that this duck was actually of a poultry farm. The farm's gone and the Duck was moved to it's new home years ago. Bought a Big Duck t...  more »
  • I stopped at the Big Duck because everyone at the hotel I was staying at was talking about it. It boils down to a building in the shape of a duck that was built in the 20's as a tourist attraction to ...  more »
  • None of attraction... travel so far and there is nothing that catches your attention and within duck sell accessories and a bad odor what to enter there and the seller is very angry
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  • Cool old-time marketing attraction from the golden age of duck farming on Long Island. Mr. T was very knowledgeable and friendly. A great time
  • Fun place. Def worth a visit to see the duck and the museum. Captures the history of old long island.
  • It was a nice place small but with a lot of information. The pictures came out beautiful
  • Small and only with so much to offer, but probably the most authentic Long Island gift shop there is. If you're from long island you need to see it at least once, if you're visiting it's worth picking up a souvenir. The history of the grounds is worth reading, don't let the big duck building fool you into thinking it's a gag spot, there's tons to know about the area!
  • Probably the best big duck I’ve ever seen. It’s excellent
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