Speonk

Speonk

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Speonk, a hamlet in the western part of the Town of Southampton north of Montauk Highway, is part of the Remsenburg-Speonk area. Its unusual name is believed to have been inspired by a Native American word meaning “high place” by its original inhabitants. In fact, Speonk was the name of the entire area until Remsenburg was given its own name. In addition to Native Americans, the early residents of Speonk were farmers who first came west from Southampton and Bridgehampton to graze cattle on meadows they leased for the summer, eventually settling there during the mid-1700s. In the late 1800s there were a number of duck farms in Speonk, though neighboring Eastport became a more important center of that industry. In the 1930s a feather factory in Speonk packed and sold feathers for commercial use, producing extra income for duck farmers.
Clay Pit Road was once the site of a clay bed from which bricks were made in a mill at 175 Montauk Highway; the brick mill was later replaced by a sawmill. Today 175 Montauk Highway is one of Speonk’s iconic buildings. It was designated a historic landmark, and its façade must remain intact no matter how the building is used. An antique store was located there for a time, then the building was vacant for a number of years and fell into disrepair. More recently the mill was purchased and is being renovated and repurposed.
Speonk today is largely residential, with a small commercial district along Montauk Highway.

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