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Here is a history page for Southampton.
The following are some excerpts from the above history page:
"The Pilgrims, or Puritans, were the first English settlers, who founded Southampton, and that is depicted by the man on the seal. The date, 1640, was the year of the first settlement. The first boatload came ashore at what is now North Sea and when the first person, a woman, stepped ashore, she said, "For conscience sake, we are on dry land." The large rock on the seal was placed near that spot, and it has a plaque that reads,
"NEAR THIS SPOT IN JUNE 1640 LANDED THE FIRST COLONISTS FROM LYNN, MASS WHO FOUNDED SOUTHAMPTON, THE FIRST ENGLISH SETTLEMENT IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK." The ship in the background represents the ship that brought those first settlers. That location today is known today as Conscience Point.
HOW SOUTHAMPTON GOT ITS NAME
Southampton was named for the Earl of Southampton, Henry Wriothesly, who arranged for the first settlers to come to what is now Long Island. It was not named for Southampton, England! The Colonists who settled Southampton had some first to New England, where they resided in Lynn, a town a short distance from Boston. They had come from the time of the landing of the Mayflower, to 1638. In that year a group of people at Lynn purchased land from the agent of the Earl of Sterling, James Ferrett. Some twenty men from Lynn purchased from Farrett, 8 miles square of land (64 miles). It included all the land from what is now. East Hampton to Canoe Place, from Peconic to the Shinnecock Bays.
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The incorporated villages of Southampton are:
The village of North Haven, the village of Quogue, the village of Sag Harbor, the village of Southampton, the village of Westhampton Beach, and the village of Westhampton Dunes
Southampton Village had a 1999 population of 4,099 and was incorporated as a village in 1894. It encompasses an area of 5.6 square miles. The Village website is: www.southamptonvillage.org/home.htm
Southampton Town Schools Southampton Union Free School District
70 Leland Ave.
Southampton, NY 11968
Phone: (631) 283-6800