Westhampton Beach is located in the Town of Southampton, New York and is situated approximately 78 miles east of New York City. It is a picturesque community known for its excellent schools, beautiful beaches, vibrant cultural activities, and a Main Street lined with high-end retail stores.
Westhampton Beach was settled in 1666 as part of the Quogue Purchase. The town remained relatively isolated until 1870 when a railroad stop was established. The inception of the railroad began Westhampton Beach's tourism industry. The area's agriculture gradually diminished and farmland was sold to create residences and hotels. The Village of Westhampton Beach was incorporated in 1928.
Westhampton Beach survived the Great Hurricane of 1938. The hurricane made landfall on Long Island on September 21, 1938. It had sustained winds of 120 mph and gusts up to 180 mph, created 30 to 50 foot waves, and generated storm tides of 14-18 feet across Long Island. The strong winds and rain destroyed numerous communities, even submerging downtown Westhampton Beach under 8 ft of water.
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