Each week, we will feature a local historical photo from the archives of either Sally Spanburgh, a Southampton preservation advocate, or the Hampton Bays Historical Society and ask readers to guess what is pictured, the date the photo was taken and/or what is there today.
If you think you know the answer, let us know in the comment section below. We will let you know if you're right next Sunday when we post the next photo challenge.
Last week's photo, according to Brenda Berntson, was of the Canoe Place Chapel. A number of natives guessed the location correctly and reminisced about the chapel that was built in 1820 and sits on Canoe Place Road.
MsM wrote that she went to sunday school at the church many years with Rev. Reed and Mrs. Creef as her Sunday School teacher.
sha King wrote, "The Canoe Place Chapel on Canoe Place Rd. in Hampton Bays is only half of the original building . The other half is on the Shinnecock reservation, the chapel was brought across the bay when the bay was frozen over . I attended the church under Pastor Richard Earl when it was the (HBAG)Hampton Bays Assembly of God . Until the HBAG moved to the new building on Ponquoge Ave. The chapel was used for Wednesday night Bible study and Sunday evening services. It was also the Pastor's office . As far as I know the chapel it was turned over to a small spanish church in the late 1980's or early 1990's. I don't know if they still have it or not . Pastor Earl could give you more detail on the history of the chapel , you can reach him at www.mountainsideag.org."
Michelle LaWall Vargas said she "actually played the organ there for a short time."
And Michele Creef Phillips reminisced, "I grew up going to church here. It is one room with an entryway. We had five Sunday School classes in there, one in each corner and one in the entryway. I started teaching the little ones, 3 & 4 year olds when I was 13. There was no bathroom but we all did OK. I remember the pump organ. At various times, Frederica (can't remember her last name), Audrey Behrman and Gail Jackson played it. Pastor Reed preached there for many, many years. My husband preached there once when he was a ministerial student. I have fond memories of it. Every summer we had VBS: Vacation Bible School. It was a summer highlight with Bible history, games, songs and snacks. The Easter egg hunt the day before Easter was exciting. I never found the Golden egg but always tried. And of course, we always had a Christmas program. The pews were so old that they were too low and too narrow to be comfortable. They were old and from a time when people were shorter and smaller. Many life lessons and principles were taught and caught well."
To read a full history of the Canoe Place Chapel, click here.