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Historical Society To Tackle Question: Why Does Canoe Place Inn Matter?

A presentation of the historical significance of the Canoe Place Inn will be held on Jan. 19.

Canoe Place Inn Credit: Courtesy of Hampton Bays Historical Society
Canoe Place Inn Credit: Courtesy of Hampton Bays Historical Society
Amidst a controversial development project at the former Canoe Place Inn in Hampton Bays, a local group wants to show the town why the inn is so historically significant.

The Hampton Bays Historical Society will host a reception next week showcasing the inn, reportedly the oldest inn site in America.

Records show that the inn, originally the home of Stephen Herrick, was the only house between Riverhead and Southampton in the 1700s. The historical society's website said that Herrick’s son, George, purchased the property from his siblings and operated the inn sometime after 1756 until 1785 when he sold it.

The inn put up British officers during the American Revolution, as there was a fort on the hill behind the inn that overlooked the main road and the isthmus at Canoe Place, the society said. 

In 1921, the Canoe Place Inn was destroyed by a fire, though two chimneys survived. The inn was rebuilt and later rebuilt and enlarged. 

The reception will be held on Jan. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m., at The Inn Spot on the Bay at 32 Lighthouse Road in Hampton Bays.

Complimentary hors d'oeuvres, appetizers, and other light refreshments will be served. A raffle will be held afterward for a dinner for two at The Inn Spot on the Bay. 

Brenda Sinclair Bernston recommended reserving your space early. Those interested in attending can email hamptonbayshistoricalsociety@gmail.com.
Ralebird January 08, 2014 at 04:25 PM
Are they going to tackle the question historically or grammatically?
New Guy January 09, 2014 at 03:20 PM
This is a tear down. I would like to know exactly how many people in the Town of Southampton want this Tear Down Saved? Are the people who want it saved going to pull together and pitch in for the rehab? How often are they going to frequent the place? The building is not even the original structure, are you kidding. This building sits in a hole now, due to the Montauk Hwy bridge. Oh just in case you didn't know this hasn't even made it to planning yet. How long will that take? What was wrong with original plan? (Times shares - west side/ Boardwalk & shop east side). There were complaints about density. Timeshares do not add density, people come and go. What's wrong with having a boardwalk and shops on the east side. Is having commerce and a reason to come here a problem? If it were me I would tear it down and give the scrap wood away to those who want that junk.
b January 10, 2014 at 08:27 AM
Why would any one have to "pull together and pitch in for the rehab"? Wouldn't that be the responsibility of the owners who want to renovate the building?

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