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