History & Culture
The best place to learn about the history of the village is the Westhampton Beach Historical Society, which also serves the communities of Westhampton, Westhampton Dunes, Remsenburg, Quiogue, and Eastport. More than a single building, the campus consists of the historic Tuthill House Museum, the Foster-Meeker Heritage Center, the Meeker Carriage House and Privy, and the Thurston Raynor Milk House. The Foster-Meeker House, which is being restored, dates from 1735 and is considered the oldest house in Westhampton Beach. The event that most impacted the village’s story happened less than 100 years ago, when the Great New England Hurricane of 1938 destroyed homes, submerged the downtown, and carved the Shinnecock Inlet. On a happier note, the cultural venue that put Westhampton on the map in a different way is the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, which dates from 1932 and hosts musical performers of all genres as well as standup comedy. The village also boasts the indie Hampton Arts Cinema.