Saturday, April 6, 2013

A Walk Around Water Mill

The first thing you see as you enter Water Mill from the East driving along Montauk Highway is the Villa Maria. Formerly a Convent and Spirituality Center it operated as such from 1931 -2005. I attended a Hampton Designer show house there years ago and it is a beautiful estate . It is currently owned by Vince Camuto and available as a summer rental (calling all oligarchs).
Mill Creek
Villa Maria
The mill that gives Water Mill its name is just North of Montauk Highway on Old Mill Road. The mill was built in 1644 and is currently a museum. The museum is celebrating the 27th anniversary of its popular Quilt Show this summer. It was still closed for the winter today so I didn't explore further.  Next time. Their spring newsletter is here.
The Water Mill
The Corwith Windmill stands next to Villa Maria on the village green.
The Watermill  Community House was built in the 1890s.

Robert's Restaurant is right next door.
I'm usually cruising through Water Mill in the car on my way to East Hampton, so I was curious to get a closer look at the shops along the main strip. It is still early in the season, so there are quite a few shops that still need to be filled. It looks like the Penny Candy Store is still available. How about a Dylan's or a Kate's?
The art gallery was closed.
The antique shop looks intriguing.
I hadn't noticed the Prince of Scots store previously. 
 Let's check it out.
The shop was filled with beautiful clothing, home accessories and art. 
I love the blue and white.
Above, a panel of Scottish lace only carried in the United States at Prince of Scots. The Scottish manufacturer, MYB Textiles, uses century old looms to create their lace. The lace was used in the White House set in the movie Lincoln. More about their lace here.
"Farquhar" watercolor and acrylic by Iona Crawford
Prince of Scots also carries art and textiles created by Iona Crawford. I left with the scarf version of her peacock painting. They also carry scarves by local artist Gail Toma.
The owners, Tim Danser and David Campana have chosen the Scottish luckenbooth as their logo. Two intertwined hearts and a crown, representing love, luck and devotion. The treasures they have chosen for the shop show their devotion.
Think beautiful contemporary fashion for you and your home. 
I was loving all of the bright colors. 
Are you ready for bikinis and beachwear?
Prince of Scots expects to have "In the Footsteps of John Muir" photographs by Ken Paterson from the show that is at Federal Hall in NYC come to their shop in June. Stay tuned.
A nice article about the proprietors in the Southampton Patch here 
#36 is the Water Mill Museum (#37 is the post office)
What a lovely afternoon!

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