Insider’s View

Southampton House Tour  / A Museum Benefit

Saturday, September 10th


The Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane

and throughout the Village of Southampton.


1:00 – 4:00 pm – House Tour, Various locations around Southampton Village

                     4:30 – 6:00 pm – Champagne Reception at the Rogers Mansion by Sant Ambroeus.

                     17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton


FEE:              $150 in advance, $175 day of tour.

PURCHASE: https://www.southamptonhistory.org/iv

or 631 283-2494


Please join us on Saturday, September 10, 2022, for this rare invitation to pass beyond the hedges and see a collection of the most distinguished homes and gardens in the Hamptons. Following the tour, a champagne reception sponsored by Sant Ambroeus Restaurant will be held on the grounds of the Rogers Mansion on Meeting House Lane.

Tom Edmonds, executive director of the Southampton History Museum says, “This annual benefit, besides being a lot of fun, enables the museum to continue its free education programs and maintain our many historic buildings. The spectacular homes on the tour this year range from historic to ultra-modern and reflect Southampton’s leadership in architecture and interior design.”


Houses on the tour include:

Photo by Caylon Hackwith, 2020.

Cocoon House

Cocoon House stands out from the crowd as a modern, LEED-certified, sustainably designed home with rounded, shell-like architectural forms.  Hence, its clever name.  Set amongst traditional homes that date back over one-hundred years and located on property that was once part of a larger neighboring estate designed by Stanford White, Cocoon House retains the traditional Hamptons shingle-style exterior but boldly introduces it to the twenty-first century.  The inventive design is not just appealing to the eye; its thick walls on the west and north sides retain heat in the winter, while the south and east sides of the home welcome natural light and the cool ocean breeze.  Colorful skylights, a long reflecting pool, and a lush setting tucked away from the road all add to the dynamic and sophisticated setting.


Photo Media Hamptons

The Captain George White House

The historic White House, with its exterior restored “to within a sixteenth of an inch” of the way it appeared for more than a century, is a reminder of the days when Main Street was lined with family residences. Its preservation by R. Marco Robert is also a tribute to its best known occupant, Captain George White (1819-1893), a fearless whaler who was equally fearless in his fights to preserve public access to Southampton’s beaches. Southampton residents have watched over the past year as the house, dramatically suspended aloft, was given a new foundation. Fifty custom-made windows were installed and soon the house presented itself to Main Street passersby as the familiar, but beautifully refreshed home where Captain White lived most of his life. Inside, the house has been thoroughly updated, making use of repurposed original materials wherever possible. Salvaged beams and other elements of the original house have been put to use in carefully integrated expansions and outbuildings (a cabana and a garage). In the main house, a small front parlor honors the past while a huge high-ceilinged kitchen is a very 21st-century concept, an inviting place to congregate as well as to cook. Upstairs bedrooms, sun-filled and uncluttered, offer views of the village that are remarkably unchanged in many directions from those that Captain White might have seen through those same windows.


Photo: Liana Mizzi, 2022.

Cape Cobb

Few addresses rival the cachet of Cobb Road in Water Mill, with its proximity to the hamlet’s beautiful beaches and the waters of Mecox Bay. And few houses designed in the familiar Cape Cod style share the distinct charm. Brought to New England by English colonists in the 17th century, the style is generally recognized by its elegant symmetry, one- story primary form, steep roof line and cedar shake exterior. In this expanded version, the basic elements are there but the owners have not made themselves prisoners of the era’s sober colonial ethos. For a recent redecoration, they have kept to a traditional style but given it a more light-hearted, whimsical flair. A covered back terrace overlooks a deep east-facing lawn with an American flag flying high. Lushly landscaped, the grounds boast a sea of boxwoods, climbing roses and hydrangeas.


Photo: Liana Mizzi, 2022.

Vintage Villa

This is not your traditional Shingle-Style Hamptons “cottage.” Set on two and a half park-like acres in Water Mill, this Tuscan-style villa was built in the 1920s, a time when a privileged few set no limits creative or financial–to indulging their personal tastes when it came to the design of their dreamhouse. With frontage on beautiful Burnett Creek, the villa commands breathtaking views from every vantage point. Formal gardens and stepped terraces lead down to the water, while garden paths show the way to distinct garden spaces, including a separate gated swimming pool garden. While the high-spirited era of its origins has not been lost, subsequent owners have put their stamp on the estate, bringing it up to date in all the practical ways. Its current owners have made it theirs, revamping the landscape and redecorating the interior, which features a spacious living room, sunroom, modern kitchen, library and dining room. For entertaining there is also a spacious patio and a covered pergola. A large pool and pool house, a guest house and garage complete this estate, unique in its architecture and in the beauty and breadth of its grounds.


Photo: Jeff Heatley.

Halsey House & Garden

The Halsey House stands on property that was the home lot of Thomas Halsey Sr., one of Southampton’s founders. English Puritans who arrived in 1640 after stopping first in Lynn, Massachusetts, where they became dissatisfied with their situation, formed a company and obtained a deed for land on Long Island from the British authorities. In June they landed in Southampton where they came to terms with the Shinnecock tribe. In 1648 they moved from their initial settlement at Old Town to the present site of the village. Thomas Halsey, like the others, was allotted three acres to build a house on Town Lane (Main Street). In 1678 Thomas Halsey Jr. inherited his father’s house and property and circa 1683 built the house that he called the “new house” and we call the Halsey House. The house originally faced south but sometime between 1720 and 1740 Thomas Halsey Jr.’s son, Isaac, undertook an extensive remodeling that involved revolving the frame to face Main Street. The house, which remained in the Halsey family for several generations, was sold and enlarged over the years by subsequent owners, among them the Raynor, Pelletreau, White and Biddle families. In 1958 the Southampton Colonial Society (Southampton History Museum) purchased the Halsey House and restored it. Henry Francis DuPont was an influential member of the restoration committee and a generous donor to its work.


Photo: Jeff Heatley.

St. Andrew’s Dune Church

The Church is located at the foot of Lake Agawam and is one of Southampton’s most picturesque landmarks. Originally built as a life-saving station, it was acquired by Dr. T. Gaillard Thomas and donated as a church in 1879. A local carpenter was hired to create its beautiful rustic interior, which is filled with treasures, not the least of which are its 11 Tiffany windows. The church has come under assault from raging seas on several occasions, including in 1938 when it was nearly destroyed by that year’s terrible hurricane. It was lovingly restored and has twice been moved back from the sea. Though it is non-denominational, its summer services are organized under the direction of Southampton’s Episcopal Church.






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