History & Culture
Relative to its neighbors, Hampton Bays has been playing a bit of catch-up. What is considered Hampton Bays today used to be an area called “Good Ground” in the 18th century, comprising 11 smaller hamlets. The Hampton Bays of that era occupied the section near where Montauk Highway presently lays. In 1922, however, the hamlets of Good Ground merged, adopting the Hampton Bays name—above others like Canoe Place and Rampasture—to benefit from the blossoming “Hamptons” culture in nearby communities. Now the region’s aura has beyond fully bloomed, growing to near-redwood size in esteem and elevating Hampton Bays along with it. As with many places in the Hamptons, geography dictates—or at least inspires—the lifestyle. Because so many protected bodies of water bless Hampton Bays, the hamlet is a haven for all aquatic-based activities, from paddleboarding to sailing to fishing.