The Southampton Historical Museum was organized in 1898 by community preservationists to ensure that the community’s unique natural resources and historic Colonial-era character would not be lost. The Museum today manages five separate properties: 1648 Halsey House, 1843 Rogers Mansion, 1850 Captain George White House, Conscience Point Historic Site and Nature Walk and the 1686 Pelletreau Silver Shop, the “oldest continuously open shop in the Americas.”
The Halsey House Gala takes place on Saturday, July 7, between 6 and 8 p.m. It is located in Southampton’s historic estate section at 249 South Main Street. The Gala is a celebration of the American Revolution and is well-known among locals and visitors as “the most fun you will have all summer.”
The Gala takes place on the grounds of the 1648 Thomas Halsey Homestead, an historic house museum open during the summer season, and guests will enjoy music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the Museum’s education programs.
The Thomas Halsey Homestead
249 South Main Street, Southampton, NY
July to mid-October: Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM Free for members and all children 17 and under, $4 for non-members
The property was settled by Thomas Halsey, Sr. in 1648 and the house was built by his son Thomas Halsey, Jr. in 1666. Believed to be the oldest English-style house in New York State, the Halsey home is filled with 17th and 18th century furnishings, reflecting the life of a colonial farm family. An exhibit titled “We’re Still Here: The Evolution of the Shinnecock Nation, Past & Present” illustrates 10,000 years of the Shinnecock Tribe in Southampton.
The Halsey House Gala takes place on Saturday, July 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the grounds of the 1648 Thomas Halsey Homestead. Call the museum to reserve a ticket at 631-283-2494, or get your tickets online at southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org. They are a bargain at $125 in advance and $150 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Museum’s education programs.