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East Hampton is principally known as a summer getaway for the rich and famous, but it wasn’t always so. Its roots are quite a bit more rural.
East Hampton was founded in 1648 by a group of fisherman and farmers. It was a quiet farming community for many years, really until the late 1800s, when it was “discovered” by New York’s wealthy community, who began coming to the area on summer weekends on getaways. The rich began building homes in the area, and that helped establish the area as a high-income getaway.
With the development came more shopping restaurants, and activities for visitors, but the area has still retained its village charm.
Though primarily development of the area can be credited to the wealthy New Yorkers and others who have recently come to the Hamptons, many residents of the area can trace their lineage back several generations in the area. It’s this mixing of old and new (historic and fresh) influences that often create conflict in this quaint town.
But aside from the occasional village conflict, East Hampton is a popular summer getaway for New Yorkers, while also providing a quiet respite for visitors in the winter months.