The East Hampton Historical Society presents its annual House & Garden Tour on Saturday, November 24, from 1 to 4:30 PM, with a kick-off Cocktail Party at the Maidstone Club on Friday, November 23, from 6 to 8 PM. All proceeds from the event benefit the Historical Society.
A 34-year annual tradition held over Thanksgiving weekend, the self-guided tour will showcase five unique homes in the area, ranging from historical to modern architecture. Each location was specially selected to showcase the diversity and spirit of living on the East End, a place with deep rooted history and a promising future. The tour gives viewers a one-time-only look inside some of the most storied residences of the area and gives a glimpse into picturesque designs.
“The House & Garden Tour is one of our most important fundraisers. From sea to bay and south-of-the highway, this year’s tour is a visual feast of stylish houses. So, while you’re breathing in the sea air and enjoying the varied terrains and architectural styles, your dollars will support the East Hampton Historical Society’s museums and programs,” said Joseph Aversano, East Hampton Historical Society’s event chairman.
Take a walk back in time with The William H. Babcock House, built circa 1720. It was originally built on Main Street before being relocated to its south of the highway location in 1964, and maintains a replica white picket fence from its heyday. The historic timber frame house was renovated in 2016 into 2017, breathing new life into this nearly 300-year-old home.
The David Huntting House, circa 1800, is located in East Hampton’s Historic District. Local architectural historians have marveled at this house for its pilastered front door and curving stairway inside. Over the course of the past two years, this home has undergone renovation and restoration, giving it an old meets new appeal.
One home on the list with a more modern look is set amid white pine trees. The custom-built residence was inspired by a resort in the Adirondacks and stuns from the outside in. Near the beach on Bluff Road, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, a quintessential East End view, is a modern home warmed up by interior designer David Netto, dubbed the “Mid-Century Summer’s Night Dream.”
Jessie Della Femina, homeowner of “Salty Dog” in Wainscott, described how she went from attendee to participant. “I’ve gone on the East Hampton House Tour for the last decade and it’s always been the absolute highlight of my year. To me, the house tour is like the best of Instagram comes to life! The house tour offers the opportunity to explore beautiful spaces and be inspired by the creativity of others.” Traditional in style, Della Femina adds modern touches with amenities and technology. Despite being on a smaller lot, the home amazes with an outdoor pool, dining area, sitting area, and a fireplace. Over 75 percent of interior items were discovered at estate sales, showcasing Della Femina’s passion for making the old new again.
Opening night cocktail party tickets are $200 each, which includes entry to the House Tour. Tour-only tickets are $65 in advance and $75 day of. Visit www.easthamptonhistory.org or call 631-324-6850.