The Hampton Bays Historical & Preservation Society

The Prosper King House and the Lyzon Hat Shop Museum are open for the summer season.

The museums are open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 AM till 1 PM. Come and explore “Playing Hooky”, an exhibit about the local sports fishing industry and reminisce with the display “Childhood Memories” about a child’s life in the early 1900’s. World renowned milliner, Walter King’s extensive collection of beautiful and uniquely designed Lyzon hats are being shown too!

2021 Hampton Bays Historical Society Annual Membership Drive

We request that you continue your patronage by renewing your membership. 

2021 Application Download

We look forward to seeing you this summer and thank each member and family for your important support.

Board of Directors
Brenda Sinclair Bernston, President
Kelly King, Vice President
Maria Hudson Smith, Treasurer
Rosemarie King, Secretary
Liliaerty Green Patricia Hagen-Tuccio Walter Jackson Frances Oldeack

Our “Headquarters” – The Lyzon Hat Shop

Read the History & take a look at our slideshow!



116 West Montauk Highway
Hampton Bays, NY 11946


The Hampton Bays Historical & Preservation Society’s mission is to enhance pride and community involvement in Hampton Bays.

  • Preserve Hampton Bays’ historic past.
  • Restore historic structures and sites worthy of preservation efforts.
  • Inspire Hampton Bays to record our history and preserve our heritage for future generations.
  • Develop positive attitudes towards archives and libraries as places for life-long learning.
  • Educate the general public and students about our “unique” heritage through our monthly lecture series, quarterly “Good Ground Newsletter,” special events and exhibitions.