I stumbled across this article about this craftsman who worked on Grey Gardens.
What part of Grey Gardens has a thatched roof, you ask? Why, the hut in the famous garden! You can view a selection of images of the thatched hut at Grey Gardens.
From Salem News, by Tom Dalton, on September 25, 2010
Thatcher restores the roofs at Pioneer Village in Salem
William Cahill lives in Ohio, but isn’t there very often.
He travels to work, sometimes as far as Asia and Africa, more often to places like California and Utah. He estimates that some years he is gone 200 days or more.
The burly, bearded Irish native arrived in Salem a few days ago in a red truck, drove past all the tourist haunts and went directly to Forest River Park.
Although he loves the park and harbor and once swam clear across to Marblehead, he came here to work at Pioneer Village.
He is a roof thatcher—a rare breed.
"He's one of the few professional master thatchers working in America today," said David Goss, director of The Institute for Public History at Gordon College. Gordon has a five-year lease with the city to oversee Pioneer Village, which is open daily through October.
In addition to Jamestown, he has worked at Winterthur, the du Pont estate in Delaware; the Nashville and Denver zoos; and Grey Gardens, a fabled home on Long Island restored by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and her sister, Lee Radziwill.