History & Culture
The settlement that became the hamlet of today was founded in 1656, 30 years before Bridgehampton got its bridge. Before the days when the area would become synonymous with opulent celebrity, one of Bridgehampton’s more notable 18th-century residents was Stephen Burroughs. A noted counterfeiter and memoirist, Burroughs helped found an early public library in the hamlet. Far more comprehensive justice can be given to Bridgehampton’s history at the Bridgehampton Museum, home to thousands of photographs, hundreds of books, and many more artifacts. Nowadays, Bridgehampton is something of a small hamlet with an outsized personality. As the summer season winds down, horses become paramount on everyone’s minds as the Hampton Classic approaches. Held over Labor Day, the equestrian show is a grand slam social event signaling the end of summer, sending everyone galloping off into the increasingly early sunset.