Remsenburg, New York


Remsenburg, New York

:"For census related data, see the entry for Remsenburg-Speonk, New York"

Remsenburg is a hamlet located in the Town of Southhampton, Suffolk County, New York.

"Remsenburg" is an exclusive area of the Hamptons. There are no stoplights and very few commercial businesses.

History

As early as 1712, meadows in Speonk were leased to cattle owners from Southampton. Most of the early residents came west from Southampton and Bridgehampton in the 1740s, building farms and clearing the forests of wood. In the 1880s, duck farms thrived in Speonk, but few survived past the turn of the century. The name Speonk was inspired by a Native American word meaning "high place". An 1897 Long Island Rail Road catalog listed Speonk, noting that that name "certainly sounds like the call of a frog."Some residents pressed to change the name to Remsenburg, after prominent resident "Charles Remsen" donated a new Presbyterian Church. Today, both names remain is use, each covering different areas of the community. In the 20th Century, its most famous resident was the English writer P.G. Wodehouse.

Geography

Remsenburg is located at geographic coordinates 40° 48' 28" North, 72° 42' 32" West (40.807709, -72.708923).

External links

* [http://www.newsday.com/community/guide/lihistory/ny-historytown-hist007f,0,6917444.story Newsday - Long Island History: Remsenburg]


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