Filled With More Than 250 Years of History
This photo was taken in the spring of 1900. The last cattle-keeper, Ulysses Payne, is in the buggy, and Nellie, Betsy, Edward, Elias, and Mildred Payne are on the front porch. Montauk Library/Richard T. Gilmartin Collection.
The Kennedys’ 20th century furniture and flooring are still in the living room. The front hall’s curved staircase, said to have been built by a ship’s carpenter, climbs steeply to the second floor. A member of a long-ago family left this patchwork behind.Durell Godfrey
Cast-iron pots and kettles would have been in use 250 years ago. A kitchen stove was hauled to Montauk for the Kennedys. The main room, the oldest part of the house, is no longer the kitchen but a simple table is set with plates and utensils for the next meal. Durell Godfrey
The master bedroom was redecorated in 1990 for Victoria magazine. The nursery has an antique crib and cradle and its windows face the ocean. A hoop dress, now devoid of cloth, hangs above an early 20th century sewing machine.Durell Godfrey
The privet arch, which was about to be trimmed, and a brick path lead visitors toward the museum’s entrance at the back of the house. Rose bushes climb the side of the house as part of the south garden. The rose garden can be seen from a window in the long main room.Durell Godfrey

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Once the homeowners, who are architects, got going, they redesigned the woods
The Sun Garden was one of the first “rooms” in the garden. Peter Gumpel

The house, designed by J. Robert Barnes, is at the base of the dunes. Catmint and lavender fill the transition between it and the meadow. Durell Godfrey

A penthouse cocktail party at the Bulova Watchcase Factory condominiums
A top-floor loft within the restored Bulova watchcase building was staged with upscale decor, food, and beverages to welcome the press two weeks ago. Such penthouses range in price from $3 million to $10.2 million. Carrie Ann Salvi

The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons’ garden tour, now in its 27th year, returns to East Hampton
The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons will feature two gardens designed by Craig James Socia, his own, and the Further Lane residence, above, of Peter Wilson and Scott Sanders. Durell Godfrey Photo

The event kicks off with a cocktail party tomorrow from 6 to 9 p.m. on the back lawn
The Madoo Conservancy is full of its own delights, like the naturally cultivated portico above. Durell Godfrey Photos

A good eye, initiative, and flexibility counted
Long-leaf yellow pine beams and flooring, collected by Bryan Gosman, imbue the open living area with warmth. Durell Godfrey Photos

An unusual showhouse that will open this weekend as a benefit for the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons
ARF’s Dutch colonial house grew a matching wing in 2011.

The house is part of the Southampton Historical Museum’s annual “Insider’s View” house tour
This Southampton Victorian-era house has some classic Queen Anne-style features on its exterior, including a front porch and a second-floor porch, prominent gables, an asymmetrical form, and bay windows. Durell Godfrey Photo