In the town of Southampton, lies the majestic and quiet hamlet of Bridgehampton, home of traditional farmhouse homes, villas and sprawling estates. In 1640, soon after Southampton was founded, settlers started moving further east to Sagaponack and Mecox, where they established Bullhead, which was later changed to Bridgehampton, named for Sagg Bridge, which stood for nearly 100 years. Constructed by Ezekiel Sandford in 1686, it was the bridge linking Mecox with Sagaponack.
Today, Bridgehampton has some of the most valuable real estate in the world, including a $75 million estate with multiple gardens and 25,000 square feet of living space featured in Forbes' list of the most expensive homes in the world. Average home sales range from $1.5 Million to $10 million for classic Victorian barn-style houses featuring French doors, large airy rooms, ample acreage and abundant foliage.
Known for its rich resorts and top-of-the line services, Bridgehampton hosts events of worldwide reknown such as The Hampton Classic for horse show aficionados, the Bridgehampton Road Rally, a vintage and racing auto exposition and tour that also includes a drive-in movie night where they show classic films from the 1950s and 1960s, the annual Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival held in a preserved Presbyterian church with "acoustics so pure that the softest note is audible from every seat" and many other galas for charities, artists and musicians. Its main streets are filled with antique shops and quaint one-of-a-kind boutiques and stores.
Spectacular beaches are matched by golden sunsets and serene ocean. Bridgehampton is the land of the wealthy and famous seeking the luxury of privacy, quiet and refuge from their busy lives in Manhattan and abroad.
Some of the most famous landmarks in Bridgehampton include The Beebe Windmill—a National Historic Landmark constructed in 1820 in Sag Harbor, before being moved to Bridgehampton in 1837, it is one of eastern Long Island’s only 11 lasting windmills built between the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries—and The Founders’ Monument, which was built in 1910 for the town’s 250th anniversary. It commemorates the hamlet’s history, honoring those Bridgehampton residents who were killed in numerous wars.
People interested in learning about local history can visit The Bridgehampton Historical Society. Other museums include the Children’s Museum of the East End, the South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center, the Dia Art Foundation, and the Dan Flavin Art Institute.
Restaurants in the area include Bobby Van’s Steakhouse, World Pie, Golden Pear Café, Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen, Ziggy’s Restaurant and Lounge, Alison Restaurant, Azucar Morena, Pierre’s, The Old Stove Pub, Almond, a French bistro, Kipling’s Restaurant, and Boutique. Bridgehampton also has a number of bars, such as Copa Wine Bar. Local hotels include Enclave Inn, the Bridgehampton Inn, and the Lumber Lane Bed & Breakfast.
Bridgehampton is served by a single school, Bridgehampton School, run by the Bridgehampton Union Free School District, which teaches children from Pre-K to 12th grade.
Transportation in and out of Bridgehampton is available via the Hampton Jitney, as well as the Long Island Railroad.
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