Settled in 1640 by a group of Puritans from Massachusetts, Southampton, NY, changed very little until the railroad line from New York City reached the village in 1870. Then, with daily trains traveling east, wealthy New Yorkers were amazed to discover a bucolic backwater just hours away. By the turn of the century, Southampton was ranked among the most fashionable resorts on the East Coast. Over 200 photographs, many rare and previously unpublished, illustrate the changes that came to agrarian Southampton as successive waves of summer residents arrived, first to stay in farmhouses refurbished as boarding houses, then building their own sprawling summer cottages. Drawn from local historical archives and private collections, these images will show how small-town life continued over the years in a place now world-renowned for its exclusive clubs, grand mansions, and celebrity residents.


Written by our Research Center Manager, Mary Cummings

Images of America: Southampton

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Hours of Operation
All tours of the Rogers Mansion and Thomas Halsey Homestead must now be booked in advance of arrival. Please call 631-283-2494 to book your tour!
Rogers Mansion - March to December, Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm, $5 for adults, free for children under 17 and members
Thomas Halsey Homestead - July to October, Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm, $5 for adults, free for children under 17 and members
Pelletreau Silver Shop - Open year round, Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm, Free admission
Conscience Point - Open year round, Sunrise to Sunset, Free admission
All subject to closure during Holidays
17 Meeting House Lane / PO Box 303, Southampton, NY 11968
(631) 283-2494