History & Culture
Sagaponack’s earliest settlers in the mid-17th century were potato farmers, and some of the estates of today’s billionaires were constructed on former potato farms. The Sagaponack Historic District, which nabbed a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, is a source of local pride — and participation. Fully 131 buildings and sites uphold the standard; they include the post office, 17th-century homes, 18th- century residences in the Federal and Greek Revival styles, plus bungalows and examples of the boxy, anti-Victorian Foursquare style that appeared after the turn of the 20th century. Most contributing buildings on the Historic District’s inventory be found on or near Main Street; for example, Kurt Vonnegut owned the home at 620 Main, which was built around 1740.