The villages and hamlets of the eastern end of Long Island, NY were settled as early as the mid 1600s making them some of the oldest settlements in the country. Southold was settled in 1640 followed by East Hampton in 1648. The eastern end of Long Island has a deep connection to New England and in fact was once a territory belonging to Connecticut.
You can learn more about the fascinating history of the East End at the following historical societies:
Bridgehampton Museum: The museum hosts the annual Road Rally featuring vintage cars, a race and a parade. Visit bhmuseum.org for more info. Located at 2368 Montauk Highway, phone 631.537.1088 for info.
East Hampton Historical Society: Located on the beautiful Main Street of EH, the society comprises seven buildings housing museums, workshops and structures available for rental. Visit easthamptonhistory.org or call 631.324.6850 for info.
East Quogue Historical Society: Check out the online exhibit of Quogue life in the 1920s and 1930s at eastquoguehistorical.org or call 631.653.5517. The Society is located at 580 Montauk Highway.
Mattituck-Laureal Historical Society: Visit mlhistoricalsoceity.org to learn more or call 631.298.5248. The group is located at 18200 Main Road.
Montauk Historical Society: Visit the Second House Museum and Montauk Indian Museum at 12-24 2nd House Rd. The Montauk Lighthouse is at 2000 Montauk Highway. The lighthouse flashes every five seconds and can be seen at a distance of 19 nautical miles.
Quogue Historical Society: The 191-year old one-room schoolhouse structure that houses the historical society has been moved three times. Located at 114 Jessup Ave. Visit quoguehistory.org or call 631.996.2404 for info.
Sag Harbor Historical Society: Visit the structure located at 174 Main St. to learn more about the society's books, deeds, ledgers, etc. Phone: 631.725.5092 or visit sagharborhistorical.org.
Shelter Island Historical Society: Check out the Farmers Market held on Saturdays from May to September at 16 South Ferry St. Learn more by calling 631.749.0025 or shelterislandhistorical.org.
Southampton History Museum: Located at 17 Meeting House Rd., the Museum is 120 years old. Learn more at southamptonhistory.org or call 631.283.2494.
Southold Historical Society: The complex houses an antique shop and a consignment store. Visit woutholdhistoricalsociety.org or call 631.765.5500 to learn more about the Society located at 54325 Main Road.