The Bridgehampton Museum

The Bridgehampton Museum The Bridgehampton Museum mission is to inspire the documentation, preservation and interpretation of the history of Bridgehampton and its surroundings.
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The Corwith House houses temporary and permanent exhibitions, period rooms, collection storage areas and administrative space. The Nathaniel Rogers House will, after restoration, house the Museum's administrative, research and collection storage areas, as well as host temporary and permanent exhibitions. The Corwith House is expected to continue to host exhibitions and outdoor special events such as our annual Vintage Car Road Rally, Cultural Programs and Special Events.

Mission: The Mission of the Bridgehampton Museum is to inspire the documentation, preservation and interpretation of the history, oral history and cultural traditions of Bridgehampton and its surrounding communities.

The Bridgehampton Museum's cover photo
07/17/2020

The Bridgehampton Museum's cover photo

The Bridgehampton Museum's cover photo
07/17/2020

The Bridgehampton Museum's cover photo

Enjoy a walking tour of Bridgehampton. For more information go to website-  bhmuseum.org/upcoming.php
07/26/2019

Enjoy a walking tour of Bridgehampton. For more information go to website- bhmuseum.org/upcoming.php

On July 4, 1876, after the holiday’s celebrations at the Presbyterian Church, the people of Bridgehampton went to the Ac...
07/04/2019

On July 4, 1876, after the holiday’s celebrations at the Presbyterian Church, the people of Bridgehampton went to the Academy, which stood just south of the Nathaniel Rogers House on Ocean Road, where they dined on roast pig, lamb, and other delicacies. The festivities continued well into the evening, and then the DeBost family, the Rogers House’s third owners, put on a spectacular show of fireworks. Happy Fourth of July, Bridgehampton! -Julie B. Greene, Curator

The Bridgehampton Museum is closed today, July 4, and tomorrow, July 5, for the holiday, but we will reopen on Saturday, July 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come view our summer exhibit, Building a History: The Preservation of the Nathaniel Rogers House, and learn more about its role in the history of our hamlet.

Images:
Bridgehampton Academy, c. 1880
Nathaniel Rogers House, c. 1895
Newspaper clipping, Sag Harbor Express, July 6, 1876

As described in the Story of a Celebration, Bridgehampton, 1660-1910, Theodore F. Haines, an Army veteran, and Albert E....
05/25/2019

As described in the Story of a Celebration, Bridgehampton, 1660-1910, Theodore F. Haines, an Army veteran, and Albert E. Topping, a Navy veteran of the Civil War, were chosen to slowly raise the flag that covered the monument downtown, “which fluttered for a moment about the eagle’s outstretched wings, but caught by a puff of wind was blown straight out and so went upward to the mast head,” revealing the granite memorial.

Although that was the Fourth of July weekend in 1910 when it was unveiled, the Founders Monument now serves as a place for Memorial Day services in Bridgehampton.

On Monday, the hamlet will celebrate the holiday at 9:00 a.m., with a performance by the Bridgehampton High School band and an appearance by the volunteers of the Bridgehampton Fire Department at the Founders Monument Green at Ocean Road and Montauk Highway. -Julie B. Greene, Curator. #memorialday #memorialdayweekend #bridgehamptonschoolband #BHFD #bridgehampton

As I walk around the west lawn of the Corwith House, I’m pleasantly surprised every spring by the sweet violets haphazar...
05/01/2019

As I walk around the west lawn of the Corwith House, I’m pleasantly surprised every spring by the sweet violets haphazardly scattered there, but nowhere else on the grounds. A wee bit of researching reveals that the Corwith sisters, Anabel, Lucy, and Cornelia, were part of the Bridgehampton Violet Growers at the turn of the 20th century. The sisters had a greenhouse (see the 1902 map detail by E. Belcher Hyde), and these 21st century violets are remnants of a bygone era. This Sag Harbor Express newspaper clipping mentions the record-breaking violet production of 123 years ago today, April 30, 1896. -Julie B. Greene, Curator #bridgehamptonviolets #bridgehamptonspring #bhmuseum #bhmuseumarchives #corwithsisters

Sweet Easter postcard sent to Louise Conklin c. 1920. Particularly perfect because of Bridgehampton’s early street racin...
04/19/2019

Sweet Easter postcard sent to Louise Conklin c. 1920. Particularly perfect because of Bridgehampton’s early street racing history, 1914-1921. We wish everyone a very Happy Passover & Happy Easter! (The Conklin Farm is on Montauk Hwy. as you head east to Sagaponack.) #bridgehamptonmuseum #bridgeahamptonarchives #bhracing #happyeaster #happypassover

Today we mark the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's death, after he was shot the night before at Ford's Theater...
04/15/2019

Today we mark the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's death, after he was shot the night before at Ford's Theater, an event etched in the national consciousness. But did you know that one of Sagaponack’s early summer residents was under the gun as well?
On the evening of April 14, 1865, an assassination attempt was made on one of Lincoln’s “team of rivals,” Secretary of State William H. Seward. Vice President Andrew Johnson was to be killed that evening as well, to bring chaos to the Union.
Lewis Powell, one of John Wilkes Booth’s co-conspirators, entered the Seward home in Washington, D.C., and attacked Frederick W. Seward, William’s son, who was also part of Lincoln’s cabinet, as he tried to stop Powell from entering his father’s bedroom. Powell’s gun jammed, but he still managed to knock Frederick unconscious with his pistol. William was stabbed in the subsequent attack but survived.
In 1882, Frederick W. Seward bought the Bower-White homestead (built in 1730) in Sagaponack, moved it across Sagg Main Street to the north corner of Bridge Lane, and summered there until his death in 1915. The house still stands.


Julie B. Greene, Curator. #presidentabrahamlincoln #frederickseward #sagaponack #bower-white-seward-klebnikov-house

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2368 Montauk Hwy
Bridgehampton, NY
11932

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The Bridgehampton Museum P.O. Box 977 (Mail) Bridgehampton, New York 11932 Corwith House: 2368 Montauk Highway Archives: 2539-A Montauk Highway tel: (631) 537-1088; Archives (631) 613-6730

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