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05/09/18 10:00am

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On a cold day in January 1980, at a public hearing in Riverhead to discuss the future of the Peconic Bay estuary and the proposed preservation of Robins Island, a tall, white-haired man with a patrician air about him walked to the podium.

His name was John Wickham. He wanted to talk history, his family’s history.

His was a story nearly two centuries old, but relevant to the matter under discussion. On this day, the past intruded into the present. (more…)

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04/25/18 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO  Colonel Return Jonathan Meigs Sr. led the raid to attack the British in Sag Harbor. Photo caption


COURTESY PHOTO  Colonel Return Jonathan Meigs Sr. led the raid to attack the British in Sag Harbor.

On the morning of May 23, 1777, 170 soldiers from several regiments of the American Continental Army crossed Long Island Sound from Guilford, Connecticut, in 13 whaleboats.

By approximately 6 p.m., they were on the beach at the north end of Hashamomuck Pond, what today is Southold’s Town Beach. They portaged their whaleboats over the beach and slipped into the pond, then rowed its length to the point where it empties into Peconic Bay and passed Shelter Island. (more…)

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04/18/18 4:30pm

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How old is the Old House in Cutchogue?

This handsome home, which sits on the Village Green, has long been believed to be part of Budd and Horton family lore, dating back to the founding of Southold Town.

It is said to have been built in Hashamomuck in the late 1640s, just a few years after Europeans settled the town, pushing aside the Native people who had lived here for 10,000 years, and to have been moved to Cutchogue sometime later. (more…)

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03/09/18 4:30pm

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They were here, nearly from the founding of Southold Town in the mid-17th century. Their presence has not been widely discussed or been part of the conversation in either Southold or Riverhead towns, where the stories of the founding English families have dominated the narrative for generations as if theirs were the only stories worth telling. (more…)