History & Culture
The earliest settlers — who never could have imagined that their rustic adopted home would become world-renowned — were English and Dutch descendants who found the area inhabited by the Montaukett. The rich history of the hamlet, which was established in 1680, is safeguarded by the Amagansett Historical Association, the grounds of which includes structures from the 18th and 19th centuries. With special emphasis on the period from 1725 to 1925, the association houses carriages, furnishings, letters, and early photographs. Also located in Amagansett is the East Hampton Historical Society, which looks after seven historical buildings, including a farmhouse dating from 1680, a preserved shingled house from 1720 on Main Street, and the East Hampton Town Marine Museum.