Miss Amelia’s Cottage

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EAST HAMPTON HAS SOME EXCEPTIONALLY FINE 17th and 18th century buildings. Old-house nerd that I am, I’m eagerly awaiting the start of the two-month summer season when many of them are open to the public.

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First on my list is the humble Miss Amelia’s Cottage in nearby Amagansett. Built in 1725, it’s named for Mary Amelia Schellinger (1841-1930), who was born and died there. She was a descendant of Amagansett’s founders, Abraham and Jacob Schellinger, who left New Amsterdam (New York) for parts east when it was taken over by the English in the 1660s.


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The little white cottage is full of period furnishings and artifacts. (Until it opens in July, I content myself with peeking in the window.)

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It’s part of a compound that includes a barn clad in vertical cedar boards, a carriage house museum with 28 horse-drawn vehicles (red building, bottom) and another cottage undergoing restoration, all set in a broad meadow.

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You can actually get a feel for what the area must have been like when Montauk Highway, now whizzing with cars, was a dirt lane.

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About cara

I blog for fun here at casaCARA, and write about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites. My recently published posts and articles can be found here: https://casacara.wordpress.com/recent-articles/
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7 Responses to Miss Amelia’s Cottage

  1. That is awesome that some of these old houses will be open to the public.

  2. Miss Amelia’s Cottage is going on my must-see-this-summer list, if I get up the energy to mosey over the the South fork from our North Fork weekend house! Just found your blog thru Julia’s Hooked On Houses blog, and I will be back! We live in NJ but my family has a Southold beach house –trying to give it a mini makeover this summer!
    Thanks
    Cass

  3. Terry Kearns says:

    First time here. I’m really going to like your blog.

  4. That barn is GORGEOUS

  5. Chie says:

    I do love peeking thru windows too §:-))

    Adrenaline kicks makes more exciting! Isn’t it?

    Yeah— old houses are really wonderful. Just imagining what happened inside their for 500 yrs ago.

    What a historical feelings.

    Have a wonderful week-end! Enjoy!!!

    xoxo

  6. I love this! Thanks for sharing it. Wish I lived close enough to see it myself, but this is the next-best thing. :-)

  7. Beautiful in it’s simplicity, and such character too.

    Thanks for sharing.

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