Last weekend we attended our semi-annual Sons & Daughters of East Hampton meeting at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett. As always, there was a program, and this time it was about old buildings around town.
We saw slides projected on the screen of an amazing number of beautiful old buildings from East Hampton's history - some still standing and others long gone. Interestingly, many of them had been moved more than once in their history, like the Session House of the Presbyterian Church was began it's life where Cashmere Hampton now stands, then moved to the corner of David's Lane and Main Street, and then was moved once again to the rear of the church property. How these sizable buildings were moved is unimaginable to me, and why, considering the effort it must have taken, would they be moved such short distances, is the same. Why? And how? I am fascinated for sure.
Now days they tear down buildings around here like they're made of blocks and think nothing of starting over. How I long for the days when they were not only worth saving, but moving as well.