SHM - Sperm Whale @ 940 25603

Sperm Whale in a Flurry, by Louis-Ambroise-Garneray, c. 1840.

Hunting the Whale:

The Rise and Fall of a Southampton Industry


Opening Reception: Saturday, March 4th: 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Exhibition Dates: March 4 / December 30, 2017


          SHM - Whale Illus B @ 940 25605

Whaling Scene Illustration, c. 1850.

This interactive and inclusive exhibit adds new discoveries to the accumulation of documentation and artifacts collected over more than 100 years to illuminate Southampton Village’s prominent role in the whaling industry at its mid-19th century height. Whaling tools, maps, illustrations, archival images and text will be displayed with an eye toward making the exhibit accessible to audiences of varied interests and all ages. Among those whose roles will be highlighted are local indigenous people, slaves, servants, whaling captains, and the families that were sustained by the whaling industry.

This exhibit takes place inside the historic Captain Albert Rogers Mansion, a 20 room Greek-revival house was built in 1843 during the peak of the whaling industry. It was built by Captain Rogers was one of the many prosperous whaling captains living in Southampton during the 19th century. The Rogers Mansion is a property of the Southampton Historical Museum and is located at 17 Meeting House Lane. The Year of the Whale will be on display from March 4 to December 30, 2017 and is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm. 

SHM - Whale Illus @ 940 25604

Dutch Whaling Print, 1598. 


Fee: Free admission to the opening, refreshments served.

Exhibit Open Hours: Wednesdays to Saturdays, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

$4, Free for Members and Children 17 & under 


2. Pyrrhus Concer, African American whaling sailor c. 1890

Pyrrhus Concer, African American Whaling Sailor

SHM - Rogers Mansion @ 940 25607

Rogers Mansion, 1840s. 

SHM - Map @ 586 25609

Map of Southampton Village, 1858.

7. Captain Albert Rogers Mansion built in 1843, photo by Jeff Heatley 2013

Rogers Mansion,  2014.