Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Help Save Pyrrhus Concer's Legacy July 14th at 1pm

A sketch of the Williams house, circa 1805. 51 Pond Lane, Southampton Village
On July 14th, at 1pm at Town Hall (116 Hampton Road, Southampton Village, 2nd Floor), the Southampton Town Board will hold a public hearing about a variety of things. One of those things will be about ACQUIRING Pyrrhus Concer's property at 51 Pond Lane, Southampton Village. The purpose of this post is to ask you to participate!

Way back in September of 2013, village residents, town residents, visitors, experts....a whole host of people (lots and lots of people, many of whom I am hoping will read this post before July 14th) came together to fight for the survival of Pyrrhus Concer's home. That battle was largely lost - but not completely. The house was dismantled and the historic fabric - dating back to 1800 - was put in storage. This past January, the owners of the property abandoned their plans to build a new house there, opening up the possibility of municipal acquisition, and so much more. The property can be properly researched and evaluated, the home can be restored and researched, and while Southampton learns so much about the property and family, the public can be educated about the Williams family, about black architecture, about local slavery, and so much more.

So on July 14th, at 1pm at Town Hall, please come speak to the Southampton Town Board as they  listen to public comment about acquiring 51 Pond Lane. Come and tell them how precious and rare this property is to local and regional history. Come and tell them that Southampton Town has the chance to remedy what Southampton Village almost irreversibly destroyed, and how the Town will become a role model to other places should they ever get the opportunity to embark on the same.

If you cannot come, consider writing a letter or sending an email to the Town Board via the Town Clerk at 116 Hampton Road, Southampton, NY 11968, or sschermeyer@southamptontownny.gov.