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!!!
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POST LANE: A STREET OF "NOTE" IN SOUTHAMPTON VILLAGE..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.
AND NOW, TODAY:
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 time 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 a 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.
The 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.
A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY
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!
**ALL INFORMATION AND CONTENT IN THIS BLOG IS ORIGINAL TO PAULA I. HATHAWAY. The views expressed herein are my personal views and do not reflect the views of Douglas Elliman Real Estate
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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