Summer Reading, old and new, from the Long Island CollectionNote: The older books can be read in their entirety on Google Books. The newer volumes are available in the Library’s collection.
Bridgehampton’s Notorious Librarian!
Burroughs, Stephen. Memoirs of the Notorious Stephen Burroughs: Containing many incidents in the life of this wonderful man, never before published. 1832
“By the age of 19, Stephen Burroughs had been expelled from Dartmouth, jailed for allegedly stealing wine from a ship’s captain, discovered as a fraudulent preacher in Massachusetts, arrested for passing counterfeit money, and finally his escapades came to a stop in the Northampton Town Jail.” Upon his release, Burroughs found his way to Long Island and took up teaching in Bridgehampton. Find out what happened when he tried to open a library and who his opposition was!
Thar She Blows!
Cheever, Henry T. The Whale and His Captors. 1853
In 1850, Reverend Henry T. Cheever, a missionary who roamed the Pacific, was a passenger abroad the good ship Commodore Preble on its homeward cruise from the Sandwich Islands to Boston. This is his story of 236 days of adventure, of whale hunts. “To the author the comforts of this long voyage far exceeded its discomforts . . . by the constant blessing of the Providence, and through the personal kindness of a skillful captain and esteemed friend, Lafayette Ludlow.”*
*Capt. Lafayette Ludlow (1815-18XX ) along with his brother, Jesse H. Ludlow (1805-1878), and cousin, E. Jones Ludlow (1822-1883), first mates, all native Bridgehampton farmers on board.
Oysters! Long Islanders First Fast Food!
Goddard, David. Colonizing Southampton: The Transformation of a Long Island Community, 1870-1900. 2011
“A study of the emergence and impact of the summer colony in the village of Southampton between the years 1870 and 1900, the book revolves around a number of key issues that preoccupied inhabitants and summer residents alike and were the subject of great controversy at the time” – particularly the issue of oyster farming in Mecox. The drama was played out by Bridgehampton’s own summer colonists Richard Esterbrook Jr., pen magnate from New Jersey, and W.H.H. Rogers, a Brooklyn paper manufacturer, powerful men with local ties, versus the town trustees.
Turning Whale Oil to Wine
Pasanella, Marco. Uncorked: My Journey Through the Crazy World of Wine. 2012
“Pasanella's behind-the-scenes memoir through the world of wine will captivate wine lovers with its story of one man who decided, at age 43, to change his life by opening a wine shop.” It is steeped with rich details of his historic waterfront building, 115 South Street, first home to Slate, Gardiner & Howell, whaling ship outfitters. The Gardiner of S., G., & H. is our very own William Gardiner, co-founder of the Hampton Library and third owner of the Topping Rose House (aka Bull’s Head Inn), now under renovation. And keeping in the “spirits,” Charles H. Rogers, Gardiner’s brother-in-law and library co-founder, was also a competitive grape grower in Ravenswood, Queens, and won many agricultural awards in the 1870s.