The English first walked on New York soil in 1640, when they disembarked at what is now North Sea.
North Sea is surrounded by the gorgeous and fully developed villages of Southampton and Sag Harbor. Although our English forefathers would find none of this recognizable, they would have no trouble finding exactly where they landed. It is still called Conscience Point, as it was then, and this historic spot is commemorated by a 20-ton boulder bearing a plaque that honors the landing. Now a habitat for maritime grasslands and a sanctuary for migratory songbirds, the point is located in a 60 acre National Wildlife Refuge.
Living in North Sea
Nestled between the villages of Southampton and Sag Harbor, and looking out over Little Peconic Bay, the gorgeous coastal hamlet of North Sea is a close-knit summer vacation community. Beautiful waterside locations and marinas with great fishing and clamming possibilities make North Sea a delightful summer location.
Life in North Sea is simpler and more rustic than in some of the neighboring communities. Many families have vacationed here for generations, and appreciate the simple village life in which everyone contributes to the community. Life revolves around the water and the spectacular wildlife habitats. Ponds, coves, inlets, grassland, and salt marsh with evocative names like Scallop Pond, Wolf Swamp Sanctuary, Conscience Point National Wildlife Refuge, and Big Fresh Pond, surround the hamlet.
North Sea history
Tiny North Sea played an important part in Long Island’s history as this is where the first English colonists landed in the area. Ten settlers from Massachusetts arrived in June 1640 and landed on Little Peconic Bay at a place that’s still known as Conscience Point, which was originally home to Native Americans from the Shinnecock tribe. By 1650, six families owned the area that is now North Sea. Before settling on its current name, the community was known as Feversham and then Northampton.
A boulder now marks the settlers’ landing place at Conscience Point, which was placed there in 1910 by the Colonial Society of Southampton. A plaque bears the inscription: ""Near this spot in June 1640 landed colonists from Lynn, Massachusetts who founded Southampton, the First English Settlement in New York State.""
At around the same time, between 1910 and 1915, a group of small vacation cottages was built in the North Sea Beach area, forming North Sea Beach Colony, a small summer community that has endured ever since.
Things to do in North Sea
Begin your stay in North Sea at the same place where those first English settlers did. You can walk to Conscience Point, which juts out into North Sea Harbor and follow a nature trail along this serene slice of landscape. Bring your binoculars and look for the abundant waterfowl and other wildlife that thrives here. Along the north edge of the Harbor is Conscience Point National Wildlife Refuge, which comprises 60 acres of woodlands, grasslands and saltmarsh, and attracts birds like the blue-winged and prairie warblers. Other waterfowl, like wading birds and osprey are common in spring and summer. Access to the water is via Conscience Point Marina, a picturesque former shipyard on the Harbor.
Wolf Swamp Preserve, on the northwest corner of Big Fresh Pond, offers more nature trails to follow. The swamp makes up about a quarter of the preserve, with the rest being forest. Here, you’ll have a good chance of spotting birds — or at least hearing them — and, in spite of the name, there aren’t any wolves.
North Sea restaurants
It may surprise you to discover that one of the best places to eat in this traditional Long Island community serves tempting Thai food. BOA Thai-Asian Fusion arguably serves the best Thai food in the Hamptons. Regulars return to this well-kept secret for the beautifully fried dumplings, delicious drunken noodles, curries and veggie summer rolls. Don’t forget to save room for dessert — locals love the fried bananas with gelato.
For a contemporary take on Italian cuisine, a North Sea a favorite is Pellegrino’s, pizzeria and bar. Its menu makes the most of Long Island seafood — seared local calamari and shrimp marsala are customer favorites. Pizzas include a range of toppings, like the clam pie with cherry stone clams, garlic, speck, Pecorino, lemon and Sicilian oregano. Accompany it with one of the great beers on tap or a regional wine for a delicious combination.
If you’re looking for a lively joint with enticing happy hours and tempting cocktails, then North Sea Tavern & Raw Bar is the place to go. It combines cool decor with a friendly atmosphere and a classic menu of oysters, clams, sliders and tacos. It’s also a relaxed bar and a hub for local events, sports on TV, karaoke and live music.
North Sea shopping
One North Sea tradition everyone seems to follow is shopping at North Sea Farms. Established in 1945 and still run by the King family, its original owners, North Sea Farms is ""a small farm with a little bit of everything."" The farm raises its own free-range organic chickens and eggs, and in fall, it’s the place to come get your seasonal turkeys. In summer, expect salad vegetables, and other locally grown produce, such as deliciously ripe summer fruits. To top it all off, they also sell fresh baked pies and cookies.
North Sea real estate
The small community of North Sea Beach Colony is made up of quaint cottages with access to the private beach down a steep stairway. Many families have retained vacation homes for years on these quiet streets where children often play outside. Other North Sea real estate options offer access to the ponds and marinas that dot the district, with waterside terraces and views out over grassland and marshes. Properties with boathouses and direct access to North Sea Harbor are perfect choices for those who like to spend their vacations fishing, kayaking or simply relaxing on the water.
"With miles of waterfront- North Sea Harbor & Peconic Bay area provide great accees to swiming, fishing, clamming, boating and all kinds of water sports."
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