East Hampton History & Culture
East Hampton has undoubtedly come a long way from its c.1648 farming community roots. Like many of its neighbors, East Hampton’s trajectory toward summer resort destination began with the railroad. As the system extended deeper into the East End, new worlds were opened up to more westerly visitors. But despite being readily accessible today by anyone with a train ticket to the local station, East Hampton still carries itself as an invitation-only destination. Overcrowding is held at bay by limits on everything from the sizes of homes to the amount of beach parking passes. Still, East Hampton is light-years away from being a ghost town. Soaking up the sun from pristine sands, indulging in a world-class dinner, turning to your right to spot a celebrity — whatever path you choose, immersing yourself in East Hampton life is absolutely exhilarating.