Have you ever driven through the Town of Southampton admiring the amazing architecture and beautiful designs of the stunning East End estates?
If so, then save the date because Southampton Historical Museum is hosting a jam-packed day of fun on Saturday, May 30th, combining East End history with architecture. The 6th annual Southampton House Tour, An “Insiders View,” will take place 1 to 4 p.m., followed by a champagne reception.
So what’s on the agenda for this year?
1. The Windmill: This Georgian-style mansion from the 1900’s is located on 6 acres of waterfront land. The home, originally designed by architect W.E. Brady, has 12 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms.
2. The Tuscan Villa: This Italian-style villa sits on 2.7 acres of land with a Back Bay view. The design is somewhat formal and the living room and dining area overlook the water.
3. The Thomas Halsey Homestead: Believed to be one of the oldest English-style houses in New York State, the house was built in 1660 and it’s owner Thomas Halsey was one of the original people who bought property from the Shinnecocks. The home is now an attraction part of the Southampton Historical Museum.
4. The Hill House: This 19th century farm house was recently renovated producing a contemporary art style with traditional architectural details.
5. The Lake House: Located on Lake Agawam, this mansion has a lot of history. It was build at the turn of the 20th century and in its day was a prime location for social gatherings. Today, the home owner has decorated the house in a more modern fashion with a lot of nautical decorations.
6. St. Andrew’s Dune Church: This Church, founded in 1879, was initially called St. Andrew’s by-the-sea. It sits on Gin Lane with the beach as its backyard.
7. A Butler’s Manor: Originally constructed in 1860, this now bed and breakfast is designated as a New York State historic property. The home was once owned by William Jagger, one of the early settlers of Southampton.
8. The Village Cottage: This 1920’s cottage is located right near the Village center and was recently renovated giving the house a bold new appearance.
“The Tour started as a way to share Southampton’s rich history as an artistic and social colony with an ‘Insider’s View’ of the very homes that were built here at the turn of century and before,” Suzanne Caldwell, of the American Society for Interior Designers, said.
According to Caldwell, the houses are chosen to represent Southampton’s diversity. “Whether a Grande Dame in the estate section, a modern beach house or quaint Village cottage… each represents Southampton’s history, charm, uniqueness,” Caldwell noted.
At 4:30 p.m., a champagne reception and photo exhibit will take place at the Rogers Mansion, sponsored by Sant Ambroeus. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $95 and for $110 on the day of the tour. Proceeds from the tour benefit the Southampton Historical Museum.
Rogers Mansion at Southampton Historical Museum is located at 17 Meeting House Lane in Southampton. For more information, call 631-283-2494 or visit www.southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org.