Amagansett was settled in 1690 by Abraham and Jacob Schellinger, sons of a New Amsterdam merchant who moved to East Hampton after the English took over New York.
Amagansett is an Indian name meaning “place of good water.” Main Street retains many historic buildings as private dwellings, shops and bed-and-breakfasts. The Atlantic Ocean lies two blocks south. The Amagansett Farmer’s Market sells local jams, produce, fruit and flowers and also has a gourmet deli section.
Amagansett Historical Society. Route 27 (Montauk Highway) at Windmill Lane. Operates Miss Amelia’s Cottage, built in 1725 by the founders of Amagansett, Abraham and Jacob Schellinger. Saved as an important landmark by local residents, it houses a museum furnished with finely crafted Dominy furniture and a rare clock. Also on the property is the Roy K. Lester Carriage Museum, featuring 28 horse-drawn vehicles. Open July-August. ( 631- 267-3020)
East Hampton Town Marine Museum. Bluff Road. Formerly a barracks for the U.S. Coast Guard, the Marine Museum (operated by the East Hampton Historical Society) is a rich treasure of all things pertaining to the sea. The first floor features the whaleboat of a local captain, Joshua Edwards, and many artifacts pertaining to the off-shore whaling heydays of Amagansett, as well as items from the many shipwrecks off this part of the Atlantic Coast. There is also a Discovery Room for children. On the upper floor there are models of the various fishing techniques used by past and present fisherman of the area. Outside, children can explore a trawler once used for open-sea fishing. Open July-Labor Day. ( 631- 324-6850)
Parks & Recreation
Abraham’s Path Ball Field. Tennis courts, restrooms. ( 631- 324-4143) Youth Park. Abraham’s Path. Tennis courts, picnic area, children’s playground, hockey, rollerblading, restrooms. ( 631- 324-4143)
Amagansett Beaches. Avenue off Route 27, on Atlantic Ocean. Lifeguards, food stand, restrooms, surfing area. Daily parking fee for non-residents.
Alberts Landing Beach. End of Alberts Landing Road off Old Stone Highway, on Gardiner’s Bay. For seasonal permit holders only. Lifeguards, picnic area, restrooms.
Indian Wells Beach. End of Indian Wells Plain Highway, off Route 27, on Atlantic Ocean. Lifeguards, restrooms. For seasonal permit holders only.