"Rehabilitating historic properties conserves taxpayers’ dollars, conserves our local heritage, and conserves the natural environment. Rehabilitating historic buildings and using the infrastructure that is already in place to serve them is the height of fiscal and environmental responsibility."
- Donovan Rypkema, Place Economics
Resources & Links
An interactive map showing the historic districts, heritage areas, cemeteries and burying grounds, historic markers and historic points of interest of Southampton New York.
The Suffolk County Historical Society was founded in 1886 by a group of forward-looking county residents. The Suffolk County Historical Society is located at 300 West Main Street, Riverhead, New York.
The Town of Southampton Landmarks and Historic Districts Board was formed in 1998 Pursuant to Southampton Town Code Chapter 330, Article XXVIII. The Landmarks and Historic Districts Board consists of nine town residents appointed by the Town Board with experience in architecture, architectural history, archaeology, local history, law, historic preservation, and/or real estate.
In 2004 the Town of Southampton began a study of historic cemeteries found throughout the Town. The information now available on this website is based on a survey of the ten town-owned cemeteries conducted by the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) in 2006-7, and has since been expanded to include surveys taken by the Daughters of the American Revolution and others, as well as death records maintained in the Office of the Town Clerk.
A “top ten”list of the most prevalent myths about historic preservation by Ken Bernstein, Director of Preservation Issues for the Los Angeles Conservancy.
Landmark designation of your home could provide benefits that you may be unaware of. You may be eligible for tax abatement, landmark maintenance awards, historic preservation easements, zoning code relief, general tax breaks, and lower rate of assessment should you qualify.
"It has been said that, at it’s best, preservation engages the past in a conversation with the present over a mutual concern for the future."
- William Murtagh, first keeper of the National Register of Historic Places