Saturday, June 20, 2015

Southampton Town's 375th Anniversary

The Town of Southampton is currently celebrating the 375th Anniversary of its founding. Settled in 1640 by a group of English Puritans from Lynn, Massachusetts and named for the British Earl of Southampton, the town is the oldest English settlement in New York State.  The Shinnecock Tribe welcomed the 10 original English settlers from Massachusetts and taught them how to fish and farm. 
Calendar of events here
Weekly Historical gems here
The Town of Southampton encompasses 18 hamlets and seven incorporated villages. The villages of Sag Harbor and Water Mill are just two of the seven that come under the Town of Southampton's purview. It is sometimes confusing as there are both TOWN of Southampton offices and VILLAGE of Southampton offices. I used to wonder why there are so many Red Socks and Mets fans in Southampton as opposed to Yankees fans. I think our Massachusetts founders may have laid the ground work.

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