History & Culture
East Quogue was known as Fourth Neck from 1673 until earning its current name, appropriate for the hamlet east of Quogue, in 1891. You can spot nods to the hamlet’s past in street names such as Carter, Squires, Foster, and more—tips of the hat to previously prominent East Quogue families. Author and illustrator Palmer Cox would spend winters in the hamlet, developing his characters The Brownies and often enthralling local children with their tales. As one might suspect for an early Long Island settlement, fishing and farming started as big industries during the hamlet’s Fourth Neck days, though farming lagged in profitability. However, ample natural area in the northern portion of East Quogue cleared the way for woodcutting to emerge as a valuable supplemental line of work. Some of that portion remains untouched today as the Westhampton Dwarf Pine Plains, nearly 800 acres preserved space ideal for hiking, birdwatching, and the like.