History & Culture
Located in the town of Southampton, Bridgehampton was founded in 1640, but one of its most notable historical footnotes happened a century and half later, when a notorious criminal with a magnanimous streak and literary bent, the counterfeiter Stephen Burroughs, helped found the hamlet’s first library. A more complete story of Bridgehampton can be found at the Bridgehampton Museum, which contains such artifacts as 1,300 historical photographs, 300 historical books and Bibles, and collections of letters, ledgers, datebooks, textiles, and decorative arts. Bridgehampton also boasts the Children’s Museum of the East End, which attracts nearly 75,000 visitors annually, and the Dan Flavin Art Institute, a converted farmhouse that contains the late artist’s mesmerizing fluorescent works. And given the primacy of the Hamptons Classic, horse farms and other equestrian sites abound, from boarding and training at Billington Stables to elder care at Amaryllis Farm Equine Rescue.