ACTIVERAIN is a real treasure to me and I have had enormous success writing hyper-local posts and getting read by the public....but this one blows my mind:

I wrote the post below in November of 2011 and it was written mainly because there was so much false information out there about the source of the name and of just how the very short historical street got the name, Post Lane. I made sure to do the right amount of research and without being an Historian, I had to talk to many people and read everything I could get my hands on regarding the earliest years of Southampton Village. It took many weeks before I had enough valid (or what I thought was valid) information to write this post.

Yesterday I received an email from one Richard Post of the UK. He gave his background and told me he is a Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great Grandson of the original settler by the same name from 1640. He shared what he knew about this early ancestor and asked me for the source of my information about him. I was so thrilled with hearing from him that I have connected him to the Geneology Department at the Historical Museum here so that Southampton will have an "up date" to the background of the first landowner here and one of the early settlers from Lyme Massachusetts. The first Richard Post was one of 20 others to leave their fellow Colonists in 1640 and sail down the coast to come to the shores of Long Island to settle this area.

What a treat this was and is--we will continue our discourse about the Post family for a very long time if I have anything to do with it...

Please read on and you too will have the amazing feeling of bringing the 1600s right into the year 2013...From the contact made by this man who read one of my Blog posts, we are now going to have a concrete and very real connection to the early years in this nation---a wonderful and emotional event in my view!!!


POST LANE: A STREET OF "NOTE" IN SOUTHAMPTON VILLAGE, NY...A Valuable Piece of History Included!


Post Lane is a very quiet, short and desirable street right here in the heart of Southampton Village, in New York State. Old line Families with such recognizable names as Foster, Howell, Cook, Sayre and Herrick settled in the area that was once owned by one of the original settlers, Richard Post in 1640.

Here the Post and Howell families and several other original settlers from Lynn Massachusetts, settled in to farm the verdant soil so near the ocean. Post's land was East of Main Street and included the eventual railroad station and ran South, all the way to the ocean. It was substantially 1/2 of the entire area that became known as Southampton Village proper. Now, there are streets that quarter the huge tract of land; now, there are houses side by side with side lawns and backyards shared with each neighbor ...and the cemetery, filled with the ancestors of those who still live here in this precious part of Long Island lies nearby, in sparse display of those remaining headstones from centuries ago.

Post Lane is where the first "Burial Ground" is located, for local families and others who populated the area in the 17th and 18th centuries. This was long before it ever was a village of "note" to the wealthy who came here in the 1920's; before the artists began their sojourn here and before anyone knew that the white sands that lay not even a mile away would draw those from all over the world to the "American Riviera" of the 1920's.

The Post family is a "Noble" one from Germany and England and Richard Post was the son of one Arthur Post of Kent, England. Richard sought religious freedom and came to the "New England" area and it is surmised that he came with another relative, Stephan Post who settled in Hartford Connecticut area. This fact can not be verified, however and there is a real question as to whether or not they were even related to each other. Richard took up his residence in the newly settled Southampton and made this his home for the remainder of his life.



Today, there is a mixture of brand new homes, antique capes and 1950's ranches here that are a testimony to the meager way of life of the founding families in the early years. Merely 1/4 of a mile long, and with a total of 16 houses on it, Post Lane has been a sought-after address since the 1990's. Since there are so few houses, property values on this famous little street have soared to record highs in spite of the housing recession of the New 21st Century.


Under a mile to the ocean and in the heart of Southampton Village, Post Lane was the home to several families for almost two centuries. At the ONE POST LANE CAPE LOST TO THE NEW BUILDStime of the earliest Puritan settlers in the 1640's, the oldest burial ground was begun and still exists behind 2 of the homes on the Northern side of Post Lane. The South side of the street is the place where everyone wanted to have a home in the early 20th century--this is where they settled down and lived quiet lives until 2009, when the first home was torn down and replaced by a 6000 SF Gambrel roofed home.

Quietly, and slowly, Post Lane has become a very desirable street--one which young families are now seeking to buy and to own NEW CONSTRUCTION ON POST LANE--ETC: sPRING 2012a piece of Southampton Village.

One home that was sold in early 2011 has become the template for the new, 5-6000 square foot houses on small lots here in Southampton Village. Proximity to the ocean is the key and the fact that owners can stroll with their children on streets that are relatively safe and near every shop and restaurant, is central to the idea of owning a home on this street.

NEW CONSTRUCTION ON POST LANE, SOUTHAMPTON VILLAGE, NYThe trend to smaller, brand new houses has become the "norm" when it comes to families and their needs for a summer home, at least here in Southampton! The "smaller home" sounds a little ludicrous when you think in terms of the national market. However, here in the Hamptons, the average homes had become 8-10,000+ SF by the time we reached the peak of the housing bubble in 2007.

Now, with the memory of the crash of '08 and the Great Recession, home buyers do not want to risk owning a giant home that requires hard work to maintain and endless amounts of energy to heat and cool....geo-thermal heating/cooling is a brand new idea that has not yet become a requirement here. In fact "green building" has been a fizzled attempt (just as it was in the 1970's) when it comes to solar heat. No one wants the solar panels on roof tops and that is one reason that we do see a few new homes with geo-thermal systems instead of solar heat.


The new homes on Post Lane have the style and design of early Southampton Summer Cottages that were built during the quiet development from a farming community in the early 17th and 18th centuries, to a summer resort by the end of the 19th century.

Attention to the graceful roof lines and large scale rooms of the old summer cottages of The Hamptons, has been the guide to the new construction on this lovely street.

Post Lane is one of a kind in this summer resort and it is all about it's history and the proximity to everything that has made it the "go-to" street for new home buyers!

"The American Riviera" is what the Hampton's became in the 1920s, as the glamor and elegance of the wealthy found it's way here...Now, a place for many families and their summer activities has given the Hamptons a new identity:

  • "The American Dream"
  • A place to come to enjoy the summer months, fishing, swimming, picnicking at the beach and also
  • A place to settle down after retirement--
  • A place of history
  • A place to enjoy the proximity to New York City and it's environs and still remain at a safe and quiet distance from it All!

Southampton village is an unforgettable part of what we now call the Hamptons--it is a place that has always been one of very real Americana that has it's roots in the one of the earliest settlements in America!





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Paula I. Hathaway, Senior Broker Associate, Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Southamtpon Village Real Estate Specialist since 1995;  Also Specializes in North Sea, Noyac, Water Mill and Bridgehampton, New York

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Comment balloon 35 commentsPaula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA • January 09 2013 05:27AM


WOW !  What a great story. You never know the life span of a blog post. I have a blog post showing up months later on a search. Great job on the research.


Posted by Randy Bocook, Selling Coastal Georgia (Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners) almost 6 years ago

Randy: you bet--and it was like I was back in the early 1600's talking to this guy. I think it is so terrrific that we can make a splash across the ocean too!~

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Wow - what great results from a blog!  Thanks for sharing - it's good to know that something like that could come out of that particular blog.  LOVE geneaology!!!

Posted by Christine Adler, SE Palm Beach, Broward & NE Miami-Dade Counties FL ( almost 6 years ago

Christine: It was like a stepback into the early years here in Southampton--now I really want to know more about the people who settled here. It may just be that this man opens the door to a period of time here that no one knows anything about! The beginning of the story begins in England of course, so how appropriate that this Richard Post connect the dots for us to know what the real story is...

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Fascinating.  Mr. Post must have been doing seme idle Googling for "Post Lane".

Fascinating.  You'll have a story to tell home buyers or sellers.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Hi Paula, I also felt like I was back in time reading your post. Very nice of him to contact you and what a conversation to have!

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) almost 6 years ago

Jackie: I would guess that he is plugged in to the genealogy of the family name and he may have gotten the post when he did a search on the name---what a great feeling to have that I was plugged into the family in such a way that it drew in one of the family members! I did own a home on Post Lane in 1995 and I always felt like I knew that street before; it always had a draw for me--first to live there and then to sell several houses on the deja vue all over again!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Lenn: I think this is a real connection to have here in Southampton---this is a place where the earliest families still live in their original homes in some cases! I am sure you have the same kind of population where you are. These local posts have been a boon to my business in more ways than one; I usually get listings from people reading my blog posts....this however, is new to me! I don't know what this particular connection will mean other than the absolutely wonderful source of information about the early settlers before they left England,  but I love to think about how this stuff is out there! What we write is so important and to know that someone in another part of the world can access it---what a perfectly wonderful thing that is!!! 

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Wonderful post and a real slice of life in terms of connecting the dots.  Sometimes you just get back a whole lot more than you ever bargained for. 

Posted by John F Muscarella, Broker/Owner, Venice, FL, Florida's Suncoast (RIVER FARM PROPERTIES, LLC) almost 6 years ago

Paula, I love getting those types of calls. Makes it even more fun!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 6 years ago
Paula, the power of ActiveRain blogging or any blogging, just shows one never know who might read. How exciting it must have been hearing from a distant relative of your subject. Good Stuff Bob
Posted by Bob Ratliff, "Sold with Bob" (Robert Ratliff Realty) almost 6 years ago

John: Isn't that true?? I had no idea that someone would find my blog in Europe! This may not bring in any business directly but here we are in 2013 and there you go...history personified!

Bob: It was so good! I think he was very interested to see soomething aobut his distant realtive---and now he has connections to the museum and may be able to find out even more!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Andrea: You can say that again! It was so fun to hear about someone from so long ago from his own blood line! That is strange and yet so gratifiying to get that kind of unexpected attention from my blog!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Paula - Wow!  I love to hear stories like this.  Looking forward to updates on the Post family.

Posted by Pam Miller, Broker Associate - Pearland/Friendswood (Realty Associates) almost 6 years ago

How cool is that Paula, who would have thought a post like that could grow legs. Good luck and very deserving

Posted by Charles Stallions Real Estate Services, Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc) almost 6 years ago

Pam: Isn't it wonderful when this kind of "magic" happens??..especially in this business which is usually so hard driven and bottom-line oriented. This is magical for me indeed, and I only hope that more people see what I have written about other parts of this precious part of Long Island, the Hamptons.

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Joyce: I know--it is astounding to get a contact from someone in another country! I have several connections here on AR with people from other parts of the world but none with the outstanding and historical connection--I love the history here so there is a double gift for me here!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 6 years ago cool is this Paula!  I did feel like I was walking down history lane in Southhampton. Good stuff! There is power in the Rain!!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) almost 6 years ago

Anna: It is really something when I stop to think about it! Look at the depth and reach of this form of marketing! It really is gratifying to know that all the long and hard hours spent blogging can really pay off, if not in dollars, in emotional satisfaction...

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

That is a really amazing story you have shared with all of us. None of us know who will see anything we post and how long it will be around.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) almost 6 years ago

Joe: Thanks for reading is a really interesting thing to know about internet marketing: There is no more effective way to reach so many people--just remembr the importance of key words!!! 

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Thank you for sharing this information. I try to post local new on a daily basis and it does receive many hits.

Posted by Donald Urschalitz, P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County (One World Realty Inc.) almost 6 years ago

Donald: Good for you! I think that the key to being recognized as a local specialist or expert is based on the amount and quality of information you can get out there. Good luck with your blogging efforts in the future!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

What a great article! You have given me a great idea for my own posts. There are so many historical facts in Westchester County and I will now use them to great advantage.

Posted by Bonnie Koff almost 6 years ago
I wonder how he came across your post? It is encouraging to see an ActiveRain post showing on a Google search but disappointed there are so many Trulia and Zillow listings that are before your blog. What tags did you use? I hope he can provide more fascinating facts about Southhampton.
Posted by Catherine C Capasso, Cottage or Castle, What's Your Dream! (Catherine Cornelia Real Estate) almost 6 years ago
Very informative story about Post Lane, and a wonderful story about connecting with one of the Post family! You have opened my eyes to some of your local history.
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 6 years ago


How nice that the present day Richard Post contacted you  and gave you some information about his ancestor.  The information you have on your post is absolutely charming.  Who wouldn't want to live in such a lovely and historical community.  Nice job.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) almost 6 years ago

Interesting how your story got around the world to someone related to the Post Lane you were giving the history about.  Tremdous work on this post.

Posted by Rob Renk, AE | Fast Fix/Flip Loans for Residential Investors (Center Street Lending) almost 6 years ago

So very cool.  I bet your first reaction to the email was suspician of spam.

Posted by Rafi Footerman, Home Inspector, Mold Inspector, Radon and More! (Mid Jersey Inspections) almost 6 years ago

Paula, I enjoyed this informative post about Post Lane!  I share you excitement about connecting with Richard Post and learning more about the original settlers. I hope you establish regular contact with him and share more history with the rest of us.  BTW, homes in the Dallas area are also trending smaller according to luxury builders.

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) almost 6 years ago

Hi Paula, great story.  One of our goals for 2013 is to ramp up our hyper local posts.

Posted by Bob Miller, The Ocala Dream Team (Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty) almost 6 years ago

Bonnie: Terrific; the more information about an area, the better in my opinion, expecially when we are talking about people who may want to move there!

Catherine: I see that too--and I can't fight the heavy duty ranking of these montrous sites--those sites that calim to be the be-all, end-all for local markets!! You touched a nerve here, can you tell?

Georgina: That's exactly what I wanted to do! Hope you have time to come and see it!

Evelyn: I was hoping to do that. This Village has so much history that it is astounding to me that it is never mentioned as one of the frist settlements in America--but then I guess it's ok otherwise we might be over-run..


Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Rob: I was so surprised too--it just let me know the real reach of blogging.

Rafi: You better believe it--but he is a member of the Post Family Genealogical society so I think that would be unlikely if he were trying to scam me...and his email address shows he is also.

Sharon: I think the size of homes has slowly decreased but now it is really something they ask for specifically: "I need a smaller house"..when I am showing a 7-8000SF home.

Bob: The history of a place is always there--just needs to be ferreted out and given a little jolt of recognition. I do that by bringing a spot that is so recognizable for something more recent and then reveal "what it was before it is what it is". I used to play that "game" with friends of mine when I first moved to NYC. It is amazing what you can find out just by being curious. Now, being historically factual is really important when you write posts and I try to verify everything that I write.


Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

That is a blast hearing from someone like that.  I love history and you did a great post.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Gene: It really is so fun to have an encounter like this---he is in contact with the museum here they are so thrilled!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 6 years ago