In 1648, East Hampton was first settled by thirty Puritans from Lynn, Massachusetts. Located on the eastern end of Long Island’s South Shore, Easthampton is now an even larger town in the Hamptons that encompasses the hamlets, Amagansett, Montauk, Springs, and Wainscott, and the Village of East Hampton. East Hampton spans an area that houses eight state parks, New York’s biggest fishing fleet, and Gardiner’s Island, the largest United States island to be privately owned.
One of East Hampton’s best-known landmarks is the Mulford House, which has been around almost as long as the town itself. The adjoining farm provides visitors with a look at what life on a 17th century farm was like. Modern artist Jackson Pollock also lived in the area and painted some of his most famous pieces of art in his studio here. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was born and lived in the area for many years. More recent celebrities of the area include the Clintons, Jerry Seinfeld, Martha Stewart, Sean “Puffy” Combs, and Alec Baldwin.
The numerous parks in the area include Shadmoor State Park, Napeague State Park, Camp Hero State Park, Amsterdam Beach State Park, Montauk Point State Park, Hither Hills State Park, Montauk Downs State Park, Cedar Point County Park, Theodore Roosevelt Park, and Sag Harbor State Golf Course.
Tourists can stay at such lovely hotels as The Millhouse Inn. Most hotels in the area are located in Montauk and South Hampton.
Among East Hampton’s many places to eat are Chiquita Latina, Snowflake Drive-In, Turtle Crossing, Pumpernickel’s Deli, John Papa’s, Sam’s, The Golden Pear, Villa Italian Specialties, O’Mally’s, Hampton Market’s Produce, Babette’s, Luigi’s Italian Specialties, Chen’s Garden Cuisine, and East Hampton Gourmet Food.
Among the area’s top annual festivals and events are the East Hampton Fire Department Fireworks Display at Main Beach, the Artists and Writers Softball Game charity benefit, which in the past has attracted such players as Bill Clinton and Kurt Vonnegut, the Hamptons International Film Fesitval in October, the Annual Sports Car Road Rally and Vintage Car Tour, the Annual Birdhouse Auction, the Annual Fall Festival, the Full Moon Wine and Cheese Tour, and the East Hampton Rotary Club’s Antiques and Collectibles Show.
Within East Hampton is located East Hampton Village, which has a large number of beaches that include Georgica, Main Beach, Wiborg Beach, Egypt Lane Beach and Two Mile Hollow. Unlike some other beaches in the area, those in East Hampton are part of the mainland and thus more easily accessible. They are also generally cleaner and have very little development alongside them.
The East Hampton Union Free School District serves the students of East Hampton. The main local school is the public East Hampton High School, where students from East Hampton, Springs, and Montauk attend. The Bonackers is the school’s unique mascot, so named after Springs’ Accabonic Harbor. There is also Pierson Middle-High School, which though physically located in East Hampton, is a Sag Harbor school. The Hamptons’ most expansive private school is also located in East Hampton, namely the Ross School.
Transportation includes the Long Island Rail Road and the Hampton Jitney bus, both of which connect Easthampton to Manhattan, and vice versa. People in cars can also drive back and forth between Manhattan and East Hampton via the Long Island Expressway.
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