I was recently perusing the book South Fork Place Names by Sag Harbor native William P. Mulvihill which is filled with interesting historic morsels about how some of the roads and areas in our Village, and other places on the South Fork of Long Island, have received their various names. Some of them you may know, others you may have assumed, but I’m sure, like me, you don’t know everything. Here are some excerpts and tidbits. (Historic post card images courtesy Eric Woodward.)
Agawam: “William Wallace Tooker’s research led him to believe that the Algonquin word means “low flat meadows that are frequently inundated.” [It] was once a marshy area called Job’s Swamp….Agawam was also thought to have meant “a place abounding with fish.”
Bowden Square: named after Livingston Bowden, who lived on the north side of the square, which you would already know if you were a regular reader of this blog.
Boyesen Road: named after H. H. Boyesen who lived on the northwest corner of Boyesen and Halsey Neck (house pictured above). And again, which you would already know if you were a regular reader of this blog. His house was demolished and has now been reproduced with additions and alterations.
Breese Lane: named after James L. Breese who had an enormous house built on what is now Hill Street but near Breese lane and pictured above. The house is now known as Whitefields but was historically known as “The Orchard” and was designed by Stamford White of McKim Mead & White. At one point, before becoming condominiums it was a school for boys.
Halsey Neck Lane: “Named after David Halsey (1663-1731)…” Again, if you were a regular reader of this blog you would know David Halsey built the lovely home on the northeast corner of Moses Lane and Hill Street that was featured in this year’s house tour coordinated by the Southampton Historical Museum. It’s one of my favorites.
Job’s Lane: “An original 1640 Southampton settler, Job Sayre owned land in the vicinity of the Parrish Art Museum. A path here, created by cows, became known as Job’s Lane.”
Meetinghouse Lane: “Southampton’s early settlers built in 1641 a meeting house on the land now occupied by the Southampton Hospital. The meeting house was used as a place of worship, for town meetings and as a court house. When a new church was built, the town gave the building to Richard Mills, “to keep an ordinary tavern for diet and lodging.”
Moses Lane: “Off Hill Stree in Southampton. Named for Moses Culver. The family name is mentioned as early as 1698 in a deed from Isaac Halsey to Gersham Culver….”