Southampton History & Culture
Formally settled in 1640, the village of Southampton is indeed quite old by American historical standards. Artifacts of that 17th-century origin still exist—one stands in the form of the Halsey House. The house was constructed during the 1680s, represents a classic example of the English-type frame style, and is one of the oldest buildings in the entire state of New York. However, it is far from the only significant Southampton structure—farmhouses, mansions, train stations, and more make up parts of its four national historic districts. Since opening in 1891, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club has hosted the prestigious U.S. Open five times across three centuries. Galleries abound, showcasing the kind of art you may also find on display in a Southampton estate.