The Town of Southampton

The Town of Southampton is located in the southeastern portion of Suffolk County and partly on the south fork of Long Island. The town has a total area of 295.6 square miles of which 138.9 of it is land and 156.7square miles of it is water.

The Village of Southampton was settled in 1640 and incorporated into a town in 1884. The village historically began with a small group of English Puritans who set sail from Lynn, Massachusetts and landed on June 12, 1640 at what is now known as Conscience Point. It is the oldest English settlement in the state of New York and is named after the British Earl of Southampton.

The early colonists, with the help of a resident Shinnecock Indian guide, were led over an old woodland trail that is now North Sea Road to an ideal spot for their first settlement. There, at the head of what today is Old Town Pond, they constructed their first homes. The Shinnecock Indian Reservation established in 1701, is the oldest Native American reservation in the United States.

Southampton Village boasts great ocean beaches including Cooper’s Beach which was voted #3 in a recent national poll. The town also has a spectacular estate section that began developing in the late 19th century. Southampton still maintains a reputation for having some of the finest estates on Long Island. Based upon recent reports an oceanfront home in this area was sold for what was a record amount for the Hamptons. You will find a number of pictures of this masterpiece as Telemark recently completed a total renovation of this home.