Given the season, I thought you might like to see an amazing transformation. In 2016, I reviewed a novel titled, Ghost Hampton and mentioned a house in Sag Harbor that looked haunted. That house, at 6 Union Street, was the Morpurgo House.
2006 Photo Gordon M. Grant for the NY Times via
The feuding Morpurgo sisters fought over their Sag Harbor house, an inheritance, for years. While they fought, the house fell into extreme disrepair. Annselm Morpurgo, pictured above, was quoted in a 2006 NY Times article, "Ms. Morpurgo said she thought the house, an Italianate three-story, could be older and more valuable than the sisters first believed. Last year, the sisters said the house was built in 1812 for a whaler named Captain Vail. Now, Annselm Morpurgo says she thinks the house may have been built even earlier' she says she has found indications that it may have been the home of Lt. Col. John Hulbert, a militia leader in the Revolutionary War." After numerous auctions, two of which received no bids, the property was finally sold to an investor that deemed it worthy of a full restoration and renewal. If Ms. Morpurgo is still following the home's story, I believe she would be saying, "I told you so!"
Before (August 2016)
After (October 2018)
What a transformation!
Take a tour of the inside here
There is now a plaque on the front of the house which reads,
"Capt. John Hulbert House
Designer of the first
American Flag prototype
Revolutionary War Veteran
Time to start calling this beautiful home by its true name.
Hulbert Flag via
Sisters Feud And A Mansion Crumbles - NY Times
After A Long, Troubled History, Morpurgo House in Sag Harbor Has an Uncertain Future - 27East
Morpurgo House Much Older Than Originally Believed - Sag Harbor Express
An Eyesore Is Revived - East Hampton Star
Some Say John Hulbert of Bridgehampton Made the First American Flag - Dan't Papers