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"How shall we know it is us without our past?"
- John Steinbeck

by Wendy Polhemus-Annibell, Head Librarian

We will be closed  Nov. 28 - 30, 2019, for the Thanksgiving Holiday, and will reopen on Weds., Dec. 4, at 10:00 a.m.

North Sea, Sailboat and Cedars in Foreground, 1900, by Hal B. Fullerton. (From the Harry T. Tuthill Fullerton Collection of the Suffolk County Historical Society Library Archives. Image © Suffolk County Historical Society. All rights reserved.) 

North Sea, a small hamlet located between Southampton and Noyack along the shore of Little Peconic Bay, is where the first English colony arrived in New York State in 1640. Initially referred to as "Northampton," the area's name changed to North Sea because the English colonists referred to Peconic Bay as "North Sea" (and to the Atlantic Ocean to the south as "South Sea"). English settlers from Lynn, Mass., sailed into Peconic Bay and anchored near North Sea Harbor. The colonists made their way through the forest, along an Indian path they later named North Sea Path (today North Sea Road), to settle at what became the “Old Town” of Southampton, about three-quarters of a mile from the present village.

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