The Shinnecock tribewelcomed the arrival of the white settlers in 1640 and not only gave them landto live on, "Olde Towne", but also shared with the settlers theirknowledge of planting corn and fertilizing it with fish, growing crops, diggingclams and scallops from nearby bays and trapping game. During the eighteenthand nineteenth centuries, fishing, farming (especially Long Island Potatoes andour local sweet corn) and duck raising were the predominant industries.
With the end of theRevolutionary War in 1783 and the extension of the railroad to Sag Harbor in1872, wealthy New Yorkers seeking escape from the ever growing city sought theserenity of our countryside and the beauty of our pristine beaches. This newemergence of substance and wealth caused a building boom during the early partof the twentieth century. Large estates were designed and built and the Villageof Southampton grew and prospered.