Pelletreau Silver Shop, built in 1686
80 Main Street, Southampton Village (631) 283-0056
Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The oldest continuously open shop in the Western Hemisphere. Built in 1686 as a dry goods store, it was purchased in 1717 by Francis Pelletreau who immigrated to Southampton from New York City in 1717 to develop his business producing oil and candles from whales that drifted to the Southampton beaches. His grandson Elias Pelletreau occupied the building between 1750 and 1810 making jewelry, shoe buckles, tankards, silverware, etc. He became well-known as a silversmith selling his wares to clients between Connecticut and New Jersey. He is considered a local hero for his role as Captain of the Suffolk County Militia and his financial backing of and participation in the American Revolution. His son, nephew and grandson continued the tradition of silversmithing into the 19th century. The shop is now occupied by Master Jeweler Eric Messin who gives tours of the building and conducts workshops in jewelry making.
Southampton Historical Museum
17 Meeting House Lane
Southampton, New York
631 283 2494
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