Join us for the Aglow: A Holiday Experience on Saturday, November 28, 2020 from 4pm-8pm at Mulford Farm, 10 James Lane in East Hampton.
Tour the historic Mulford Farm while enjoying caroling at the Hedges-Edwards barn, beautiful holiday decorations, light refreshments, Santa Claus on his sleigh, and take a selfie with your friends at our Winter Wonderland.
Check out our holiday pop-up shop for the perfect East End gift!
Cookies courtesy of Hamptons Aristocrat.
Pre-registration is required. No drop-ins permitted.
Tickets: $10 per adult, $5 for children under 16.
Visitors limited to 38 tickets sold per half-hour at Mulford Farm.
All visitors over the age of 2 years are required to wear masks, and must follow social distancing protocols.
Tickets may be refunded due to any unexpected public closure. If there is inclement weather, your ticket will be valid on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at the same pre-registered time slot.
Join the East Hampton Historical Society for a very special holiday exhibition at the Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran Studio featuring festive décor, period clothing, antique postcards, beautiful silver, and period toys to recreate the atmosphere of a 19th century Christmas celebration. Pre registration is required. No drop-ins are permitted.
$5 per person. Tickets are timed, and are limited. Get yours now.
Speakers: Hugh King & Kenneth Cullom
John Howard Payne's father William became a teacher at East Hampton's first secondary school, the private Clinton Academy in 1784. While here William Payne married Sarah Isaacs, whose family had been in the Town since the 1750s. Payne left Clinton Academy in 1790 and the family moved to New York City where John Howard Payne was born in 1791. John Howard Payne may have been too clever. His restless life was full of accomplishments and disappointments. Though always in debit, he was an internationally famous actor, playwright, American Consul to Tunis, onetime accountant, publisher, founder of a library, writer for periodicals, and an avid supporter of the Cherokee Nation, which he felt were one of the ten lost tribes. Today he is most famous for the lyrics to the song "Home Sweet Home." While trying to make a living at writing articles, he returned to his grandmother's village of East Hampton and wrote a syndicated series about the Village and its people. When it appeared in Sag Harbor's The Corrector in 1838, it was seen as insulting. Though Payne had not intended any condescension, East Hampton's residents were hurt and unhappy. All was forgotten by the time of the Civil War, when Home Sweet Home became an anthem. Soon the Mulford's opened-up the old saltbox house where he was believed to have been born---Today it is named "Home Sweet Home."
Speaker: Richard Barons
Revered Lyman Beecher (1775-1863) read about Rev. Samuel Buell's death before he was even ordained. East Hampton's vacant pulpit intrigued him. Buell was a famous and dynamic preacher who held his job for 52 years and Lyman Beecher was 23 years and old looking for his first job. Though the $300 salary proved to be not sufficient for his growing family, he enjoyed East Hampton. One of his sermons contains a general history of the place and his autobiography and correspondence are rife with many reminiscences of the pleasures that East Hampton afforded him. Though he left in 1810 for a better paying job in Litchfield CT, Beecher and two of his sons, Rev. Dr. William Beecher and Rev. Dr. Edward Beecher, returned to East Hampton to preach on Sunday, August 27th, 1843. The visit was initiated as a chance to visit to the old family homestead and the beloved 1717 Church. That Sunday morning the old church was packed to capacity. The Brooklyn Daily Mail reported that the congregation was thrilled to hear the "eloquence of these eminent divines."
Speaker: Barbara Borsak & Hugh King
Cornelia Huntington was our first local novelist, as well as a poet and diarist. She was the daughter of a physician and a sister of another physician. She lived her entire 85 years here. Her novel "Sea Spray" was published in 1857 and weaves an amazing tapestry of a rural community about to blossom into a summer colony. Huntington chronicles, through her neighbors and relatives, the entertaining foibles of small-town life. The Society's copy of her 460-page book has a handwritten list identifying the main players, all who have very British surnames. We know Mrs. Osgood is really Mrs. Charles Osborne and Capt. Hardy is Capt. George Hand. She had a clear eye for observation and an uncompromising attitude about social mores. She knew how to cut through artifice, but she could laugh at herself. All her neighbors had stories to tell, luckily, she wrote them down.
Speaker: Hilary Osborn-Malecki
Alice Edwards Osborn Hand was born in Wainscott in 1879. Even in these changing times, the Main Street of her Hamlet has not lost its rural roots. She spent her early years studying at the neighborhood one-room school and later taught elementary students until she married John Hand in 1905. They and their young son moved to Kinderhook, NY in 1910. As the years passed, she enjoyed telling friends about her life long ago in Wainscott. Soon after her husband died in 1952, she sat down at her typewriter and began spinning the stories of Wainscott long ago. Only those born in the Hamlet and a descendent of its first settles, can rightfully be called a "Wainscott Dumpling." These affectionate tales are both funny and heartwarming.
Imagine it is the late 1700s in East Hampton, and you're at school practicing your spelling - what do you think you would have written with? Join the Society as we launch our virtual Make it Mondays - Activities You Do at Home, on January 25 to find out.
In this session, Director of Experience, Marianne Della Croce will demonstrate how to write with a quill pen with ink you create with some common household items!
Registration for Make it Monday: Quill Pens includes a kit containing fresh berries, a mason jar, and a quill pen. From home, you will need a strainer, vinegar, and a spoon. The cost is $25 per person.
Pick up your kits on January 22, from 2pm-4pm at the Osborne-Jackson House, 101 Main Street in East Hampton. Call 631-324-6850 ext. 4 to set up your time.
And then join us on January 25, via zoom, at 3pm from the comfort of your own home as we learn how to make ink and write with the pen together!
Registration is required by January 15 - zoom link will be sent with registration confirmation.
The year is 1880 and you want to make your friend, your parents, or your pet a Valentine. What are you going to use to make them?
In this virtual session of Make it Mondays, Activities You Can Do at Home, Director of Experience, Marianne Della Croce will demonstrate how to make your own Victorian Valentine with some common household items. This is appropriate for ages 7-13. $25 per person.
Registration for this session includes a kit containing lace, cardstock, and Victorian Valentine designs. From home, you will need glue, scissors, a pen or pencil, and any other decorating supplies you would like to use!
Pick up your kits on Friday, February 19 from 2pm-4pm at the Osborn-Jackson House, 101 Main Street in East Hampton. Call 631-324-6850 ext. 4 for your pick up time.
Registration is required by February 12th - zoom link will be sent with registration confirmation.
Imagine you are living on Mulford Farm in East Hampton during the mid-1800s. Stitching and quilting were commonplace skills to have in order to mend your clothes and to make quilts to stay warm in the winter.
Join the Society for our virtual Make it Mondays - Activities You do at Home on March 29, at 3:00pm to learn the basics of quilting with Director of Experience, Marianne Della Croce. This is appropriate for children ages 7-13. $25 per person.
Registration includes a kit containing a quilting kit, which includes calico fabric squares, muslin, batting, stuffing, needle, thread, pattern and instructions for three projects. You will need scissors, a ruler, and a pencil.
Kits can be picked up on March 26, from 2:00-4:00pm at the Osborne-Jackson House, 101 Main Street, East Hampton. Please call 631-324-6850 ext.4 to choose your pick up time. Zoom link will be sent with registration confirmation.