Inn Keeping with Tradition

There is no property in our hamlet, nor in our town, that has a more storied existence than the Canoe Place Inn. Starting its life in the 1600s as a “trading station,” according to a 1910 news article, the inn has been reinvented throughout the centuries. It has...

Dancing Queen

As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month in this Year of the (Coronavirus) Woman, we introduce a young lady from our hamlet who many have probably forgotten or did not know ever existed. Solvejg Hornbeck (the J is apparently silent) was the daughter of Henry...

When Hampton Bays Lost its Faculty

Last week, you will remember, Mrs Elizabeth Jackson, then Miss Betty Harmon, and her roommate Alice Davis, had arrived in the newly renamed Hampton Bays to take teaching positions in the school. With Labor Day Weekend over, they had walked up to the school for their...

First Impressions

Today’s Women in Hampton Bays History article is about Mrs. Elizabeth Harmon Jackson. Unlike our heroine from last week, who just barely had a name, Mrs. Jackson was well known here and left a bold imprint on the lives of our hamlet dwellers. We could tell you a lot...

To Be Nameless

Perusing the historic newspapers the other day – of course we do, don’t you? – an article caught our eye. It was a lovely recount of a birthday for a local resident who was celebrating her 95th birthday. Mrs. George Hildreth. Skimming the story once, then...

What’s In A Name?

What’s in a name? Some people will say “not much,” while others find them very important. Those that found names important are the reason why, as of Valentine’s Day in 1922, our hamlet is known as Hampton Bays! (And, Gentlemen, consider this a helpful reminder to...