Amy’s Lane. David’s Lane. Daniel’s Hole Road. Three roads in East Hampton. But who were Amy and David and Daniel? With apologies to William Shakespeare, what is in a street name? That is the question.
For the answer, who better to turn to than Richard Barons, the East Hampton Historical Society’s chief curator?
Amy’s Lane is on the south side of Montauk Highway, opposite the East Hampton Town government complex. The road connects the highway to Hither Lane.
It was named after Amy Miller Mulford, who was married to Ezekiel Mulford. Amy’s Lane opened in 1874. Captain Ezekiel Mulford may have fought with distinction under George Washington’s command during the Revolutionary War, but it is his wife, Amy, whose name graces the road.
David’s Lane runs from Main Street in East Hampton Village to Egypt Lane. It also is the western border of the East Hampton Village Nature Trail and Wildlife Preserve. Over the years, the land that is now David’s Lane had several different owners: Bessie Smith, Carrie Vincent, Hattie Huntting, and Jeremiah Huntting. According to Barons, “The thought is that since the house on the northeast corner of Main Street was the David Hedges homestead, it was named in his honor. There was already a Huntting Lane and a Hedges Lane, and Vincent and Smith were summer colonists,” Barons said. That house is still standing. David’s Lane was approved in 1917 but did not actually open until 1932.
Finally, we have the winding Daniel’s Hole Road. It begins on the northside of Montauk Highway, just west of Stephen Hands Path, which is named, obviously, for Stephen Hand, who represented the area during the first Colonial Assembly in the 17th Century. After Daniel’s Hole Road curves its way around East Hampton Airport, it becomes Wainscott Northwest Road. On Long Island, Barons explained, a “hole” was what a cranberry bog was called. “A little research reveals that the name ‘Daniel’s Hole’ is found as far back as 1765,” Barons said. “’Daniel’ is most likely Daniel Osborn of Wainscott.”
By Kate Ward and T. E. McMorrow