Walk Through the Past

Posted on 01 August 2014

Southampton Village has a long history as (arguably) the oldest English settlement in New York. This summer the Southampton Historical Museum will be offering a series of walking tours throughout the village. Coming up next will be a tour this Sunday, August 3, of one of the oldest village thoroughfares, Ox Pasture Road, which has witnessed the affluence and affairs of some of the country’s wealthiest families.

Postcard S.Main St. Southampton c. 1910

Southampton Main Street, Southampton c. 1910

Rick Stott of AIA Peconic is leading the mile-long walk, during which attendees will get the chance to peak behind the hedges of Southampton’s history.

Ox Pasture Road, formerly known as Captains Neck Lane, houses such luxurious homes as the Linden Estate and the Williston House. The latter was built in 1893 for Judge Horace Russell, who acted as judge of the Superior Court of New York during the late 19th century. The all-white, Beaux-Art-designed home has a grand semi-circular front porch, stately columns, a guesthouse, a stable and a porte-cochère.

The walk begins at 11 a.m. at the corner of First Neck Lane and Ox Pasture Road. The tour is $10 and free for members of the Southampton Historical Museum. To reserve a space, visit southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org.

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