Facts about Bridgehampton

Bridgehampton Citizens’ Advisory Committee
Local Facts about Bridgehampton

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How old is the windmill on Ocean Road?
What are they fishing for off the Bridge Lane bridge?
What is the monument in the middle of Montauk Highway?
How did Bridgehampton get its name?
Why have I seen the town name spelled both Bridgehampton and Bridge Hampton?

How old is the windmill on Ocean Road?
The Beebe Windmill, at the corner of Ocean Road and Hildreth Avenue, was built in Sag Harbor in 1820 and moved to its’ current location in 1837. Now designated a National Historic Landmark, it is one of 11 surviving windmills built on eastern Long Island between 1795 and 1820. Call the Bridge Hampton Historical Society (631-537-1088) to get a tour schedule.
Newsday Historical Information on East End Windmills

What are they fishing for off the Bridge Lane bridge?
Blue claw crabs are the most common catch—but bring your ruler. If the crab is not a minimum of 5″ point to point, it’s catch-and-release. Town permits are required to catch shellfish. There are also plenty of fish in Sagg Pond. Catch carp, white perch, and killifish. Clamming is prohibited.

What is the monument in the middle of Montauk Highway?
The Founders’ Monument, commemorating the history of Bridgehampton, was unveiled July 4, 1910 as part of the 250th anniversary celebration. The monument marks the anniversary and honors the descendents of Bridgehampton residents who died in the Revolutionary War, Civil War and War of 1812. Later inscriptions were made denoting soldiers who served in the wartime periods of 1917-1919, 1941-45, 1950-53 and 1964-73.

How did Bridgehampton get its name?
Bridgehampton was named after the bridge on Bridge Lane that crosses Sagg Pond. In 1686 Ezekial Sandford was commissioned by the Town of Southampton to build a bridge over Sagg Pond. This bridge connected Sagaponack with Mecox, a settlement to the west. The street that crossed the bridge was named Bridge Street, which led to the naming of Bridge Hampton. The original bridge stood for almost 100 years.

Why have I seen the town name spelled both Bridgehampton and Bridge Hampton?
The two-word spelling is the colonial era name. The name Bridge Hampton first appeared in town records in 1699—the community was founded after the bridge was built over Sagg Pond. The name was later made into one word—Bridgehampton.

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