A small band of English Puritans sailed from Lynn, Massachusetts, and landed at what is now known as Conscience Point to build Southampton Town, which was founded as Southampton Town in 1640 and incorporated in 1894. It was given the name Southampton after the British Earl of Southampton and would eventually become the first permanent English settlement in the State of New York.
At the head of Old Town Pond, where it is thought they built their first dwellings, the early settlers created their “plantation.” The Native American Shinnecock tribe provided the immigrants with extra property next to their original grant of “eight miles square” as well as advice on how to grow crops, trap game, and gather clams and scallops from neighboring bays. The main industries during the 18th and 19th centuries were fishing, farming (particularly Long Island potatoes and our unique sweet corn), and duck-raising.
Villagers in an old police car Managing the Flood
The neighborhood took a while to rebuild after the Revolutionary War ended and British troops left in 1783. When long-distance whaling began in the 19th century, the whale industry—which had started offshore on a small scale in the late 17th century—grew tremendously and helped the neighborhood regain its prosperity. Wealthy New Yorkers looking for an escape from the ever-expanding city sought the tranquility and leisure pleasures of our countryside and the beauty of our pristine beaches with the extension of the Long Island Rail Road from Southampton to Sag Harbor in 1872. Large estates were created and constructed here throughout the early 20th century as a result of this new national phenomenon, the summer vacation, developing the Village of Southampton into the resort area it is today.
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Southampton, NY 11968