Thursday, March 24, 2011

375 Hill Street: Capt. William Post

This house was built for the Post Family sometime before 1858. There were so many Posts then on Long Island it is easy to get confused amidst all the genealogies, and this house was Capt. William Post’s. There were so many Williams……….Where did all the east end Posts go?

Anyway, this is a lovely quintessential farm house, of which there are many still existing in Southampton that share the same prototype with pointed arch gable end window, flattened out eave extensions, and front wrap-around porch. This one has had obvious embellishments, upgrades, and additions to it over the years, including color changes. In the recent past, say 3-4 years ago, it used to be a burgundy color, but now it is beige with white trim and dark green shutters. Some of the accessory buildings in the back are dark green with burgundy detailing which I find gives them an adorable and whimsical character.

The last known Post owner was Adele Halsey Post (b. 1890) daughter of Emma C. [Halsey] Post (1854-1922) and William H. Post (1844-1893) - who served as village clerk in 1888 after Lewis Bowden[1] - and grand-daughter of Captain William Post (1803-1888), a seaman.[2] They were descendants of Richard Post, the first of the family on record in Southampton in 1643.[3]
The next owner was Gertrude W. Hawes, who may have been an English born nurse who immigrated to the United States in 1880.

The current owners are Gregory and Margaret Hedberg. Mr. Hedberg was a lecturer and fellow at The Frick Collection, New York, Curator of Paintings at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota, and Chief Curator at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut. “In 1987, he left the museum world to help found a new art school in New York City, The New York Academy of Art, and was appointed its first Director. In 1992, Greg joined Hirschl & Adler Galleries as its Director of the Department of European Art. He has since curated several gallery exhibitions including Yanks Paint Brits (1996); New York Classicism Now (2000); and The Grand Scale: New Watercolors by Alexander Creswell (2006). Greg also regularly lectures around the country on European art and contemporary realist painting, and is currently preparing a book on Degas’ Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen.”[4]
Maps:
1858: W. Post
1873: Capt. W. Post
1894: Mrs. H. Post/W. H. Post
1902: Mrs. M. H. Post
1916: Mrs. M. H. Post

Property Owners:
Gregory & Margaret Hedberg, 1997 – present
James M., Barbara Jean & John Eric Huntley, 1973-1997
Irene D. True, 1965-1973
James T. & Roberta E. Parry, 1963-1965
Gertrude W. Hawes, 1948-1963
Adele H. Post, to 1948
William H. Post
Capt. William Post, before 1858

[1] Sag Harbor Express, April 12, 1888
[2] 1850 Census
[3] The Early History of Southampton, L.I., New York with Genealogies, George Rogers Howell, 1887
[4] http://www.hirschlandadler.com/about_staff.html

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