Westhampton Beach History & Culture
Suppose you want to learn about Westhampton Beach’s history. In that case, the best place to do so is at the Westhampton Beach Historical Society, which serves to preserve the village’s past and provides exhibitions and education toward that goal. Believe it or not, this tiny village is home to three buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. One of those, the Cape Cod-style Foster-Meeker House, is the oldest surviving building in Westhampton Beach, c.1835. Unfortunately, the event that most impacted the village’s story happened in 1938, when the Great New England Hurricane destroyed homes, submerged the downtown, and carved the Shinnecock Inlet. But it’s certainly not all doom and gloom; the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center has been an institution since 1932, bringing all varieties of performers to the village’s sandy shores.