Log In   ·   Become A Member

Sixty-Something: Yes, There Is A Northampton In Southampton

T.J. Clemente

Northampton is located on the western borders of Eastport, Speonk, Westhampton and East Quogue, along Sunrise Highway Road. (Photo: TJ Clemente)<

This winter I have been exploring unusual destinations in the Hamptons. Last week, it was Speonk, this week it is Northampton, in the Town of Southampton. Yes, there is a Northampton in the Hamptons, but it doesn't have any ocean, although it does have a lake with great fishing. Now unless you were a student at the Eastern Campus of Suffolk Community College, the odds are you have never stopped in Northampton. I once had an assignment there for a local East End free weekly, a story I was paid for, but they chose not to print. There was a huge breaking news Martha Stewart story. I remember the quote, "We still have to pay him; he spent a whole day there."

The "there" (Northampton) is located on the western borders of Eastport, Speonk, Westhampton and East Quogue, along Sunrise Highway Road. The hamlet is roughly 11.7 sq. miles with a population around 600 souls. The Suffolk Community College Campus there opened in 1977 and for reasons known truly only to God was and is to this day advertised as being in Riverhead. In fact, the mailing address of the school is a Riverhead address, but not a blade of glass, or square inch of asphalt touches Riverhead.

There is a Northampton in the Hamptons, but it doesn't have any ocean, although it does have a lake with great fishing. (Photo: TJ Clemente)


You can't have a Hamptons hamlet without controversy and in the 1980's residents of the Northampton area were complaining of lack of attention from the Town of Southampton concerning services. They organized and voted to incorporate and form a town called "Pine Valley." To simplify a very complex two-year period, part of the movement was also to stop a development that would have had huge infrastructure costs and tax implications that the locals did not want. However, they didn't want any taxes, which caused the first mayor of Pine Valley to resign due to stress of running a town without a town hall, etc. The situation captured the imagination of the NY Times as "the paper of record" ran a string of amusing stories about the situation, as the town voted to incorporate and then two years later voted to become unincorporated and go back to the way things were. Now, cars wiz by Northampton on County Road 51 going from Manorville to Riverhead, perhaps to the County Court and hopefully not to the county jail.

The hamlet is roughly 11.7 sq. miles. (Photo: TJ Clemente)


The jewel of Northampton is Wildwood Lake, a lake formed by glaciers in the last Ice Age that has a huge variety of fish such as: Largemouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Pumpkinseed, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Brown Bullhead, and Rock Bass. The lake reaches depths of sixty feet and displaces 64 acres. It's picturesque and is a secret deluxe fishing hole for knowledgeable locals.

Another weekend, another new adventure in the old historic Hamptons. Coming soon, I am finally going to take the public tour of Plum Island, as promised a while back by the Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell who like yours truly holds a graduating degree from The George Washington University in our nation's capital, Washington, D.C. I sailed past the island with its historic lighthouse, and those mysterious buildings where nefarious experiments are rumored to have taken place.




Related Articles:

Be the first to comment on this article. (Just fill out the form below)
 

Submit Your Comment

Please note, you are not currently logged in. Your comment will be submitted as a guest.
To submit your comment as a member, please click here.
Your Name:
Location:*
Comments:*
* Comments will be reviewed and posted in a timely fashion
* All fields are required
Question:*
What color is a firetruck?
(For spam prevention, thanks)
 
 
 
http://www.hamptons.com/gallery/ads/1213.gif
http://www.hamptons.com/gallery/ads/2229.gif
http://www.hamptons.com/gallery/ads/2227.gif
East End Tick Control
The East End's only New York State licensed dedicated tick and mosquito control specialists!

Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home
We pay less,and so do you.With over 1,000 stores in our buying group, we can get the lowest prices from the best flooring manufacturers — and pass the savings on to you.Visit our other locations: Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home, 675 North Sea Road,Southampton, NY 11968

Southrifty Drug 54 Jagger Lane, Southampton Village
Southrifty Drug is a small, neighborhood pharmacy with limited shelf space, and we have to be very selective about which over-the-counter items we carry. As a result you'll find a no nonsense concentration of very effective, high quality and useful products on our shelves. In this new section, we feature a number of these products that we feel are especially worthy of your consideration.

Burner Law Group, P.C.
Burner Law Group, P.C. are full service elder law attorneys concentrating in the areas of Estate Planning, Trust and Estate Administration and Litigation, Special Needs Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law. Offices in East Setauket‚ NY, Westhampton Beach, NY, and New York, NY.

Suburban Propane in Bridgehampton, New York has been serving proudly supporting our community for 90 years.
Suburban Propane has been serving the energy needs for home owners and business in the Hampton’s for decades. We offer friendly service by local professionals you know and trust, plus the peace of mind that comes from knowing we are among the leaders in the industry for safety.