Nugent Carriage House - Historic Structure Report, 2016

For many years guests to the museum grounds would ask staff about "the big red barn" which would then prompt the conversation about what a carriage house is and how it differs from a barn. But after 2018's refurbishment of the carriage house which included fixing up all the windows, replacing the roof, and repairing all the siding that question comes up a lot less. Now Dr. John Nugent's Carriage House has a bright white exterior to match the Rogers Mansion as it would have many years ago.

In years past it was used as a Carriage House but today contains The Carriage House Shop which is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. The shop offers a plethora of mid-century items, antiques, vintage clothing and jewelry and treasures of all sorts. You can learn more about the shop here.

Below you can see the information that helped us learn more about the Carriage House' history and original purpose. The historic structure report below was an integral document to the securing of grant money for the reconstruction and how the building would look after. You can scroll down to read through the information or download the PDF at the link below.

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The Nugent Carriage House 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, New York

HISTORIC STRUCTURE REPORT July 2016, by Sally Spanburgh

View from southwest March 2016.


The Nugent Carriage House was built about 1891 for Dr. John Nugent who owned the property at 17 Meeting House Lane from September 1889 to November 1899. It replaced an earlier barn previously on the property and removed in September 1890. The Nugent Carriage House was relocated about ninety-five feet east and ten feet north in 1926.

East Hampton Star, Sept. 27, 1890


The Nugent Carriage House is situated at 17 Meeting House Lane within the Incorporated Village of Southampton, Long Island, New York, and is one of a complex of other buildings on the site. The property’s original street address was along Main Street, which runs north-south, is just a third of a mile long, and lies at the heart of the village’s central business district. Main Street is a very old street, one of the first ever in the entire township in fact, dating back to the mid-17th century and to the second settlement area of the original English puritans who arrived in 1640. Main Street (originally known as “Town Street”) is broken up today into three parts, the middle section (“Main Street”) which is the central business/shopping area, the north portion (“North Ma