Made in Southampton: Cornerstones of a Village, 2018

John and Morgan, our 2018 Summer Interns, spent a lot of their time with us creating this virtual exhibit for our social media accounts that looked into our four properties and various structures. Their posts gave insights into the various buildings we maintain from Southampton’s past. Most of these structures can be visited and enjoyed in person year round. But for those of you far away this is great chance for you to see what we have to offer.


Rogers Mansion

This is the current home to our museum. This Gilded Age mansion was bought by Samuel Parrish in 1899 for $19,000 dollars. When adjusted for inflation, the property at that time was valued at roughly $482,845 dollars. Compared to the 2016 average price of a Southampton home of $480,000, calling the Rogers building a “mansion” seems questionable. Once Parrish acquired the property in 1899, the mansion underwent several renovations. Parrish was a sociable fellow who wished to build a greater sense of community within the village. So he constructed a ballroom in the southern wing of the first floor along with a few more rooms along the Northern and Southern wings. The dwelling sure has the look of a mansion, from its detailed Victorian style décor, to its neatly arranged Greek-revival architecture. Do you think Rogers Mansion lives up to its name? Come find out how life as a Southampton resident evolved from the colonial period to today!

Fordham and Elliston Paint Shop

The paint shop that was built in the 1880’s has been used for a series of things. It was the Dunewell’s Paint shop and later a tavern called John’s Hen’s Place. It is now a replica of the Fordham and Elliston Paint Shop that was in businesses for years on Jobs Lane only one block from the Rogers Mansion. Elliston started in the paint business when he was only 15 years old. He started working for Edward Bishop who was a painting contractor for an already established business. He and Bishop teamed up with young artist Eli Fordham to open up their own paint shop. The name was originally “Bishop, Fordham, & Elliston”, however, in the 1920’s Bishop decided to retire and from then on the shop would be called Fordham and Elliston Paint Shop.

The Dry Color Bins

The 19th century was the change the way paint was made in America. People were discovering more pastel natural colors like the combination of Zinc and oxide to create a new kind of white. However, in the bins you see in the picture is where they stored the powder that they would mix in order to make paint. Most of these dyes came from plant sources like roots, berries, bark, leaves, and wood. As the 19th century began to end and the 20th century was beginning these natural dyes would soon be replaced by the cheaper synthetic dyes.

Glass Cutting Table