Slide Show and Talk Offers Tour of Southampton Village in the 1870s

Believe it or not, that's the northwest corner of Windmill Lane and Hill Street in Southampton. You know, near the movie theater? George Bradford Brainerd

Ever wonder what Southampton Village looked like in the 1870s, just after the Long Island Rail Road reached the place? Julie Greene, the Southampton Town historian, will give a photographic tour and talk on the subject on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton.

The photographs are the work of George Bradford Brainerd, who in his brief lifetime took at least 2,500 of them, all as a hobby, most focusing on his native Brooklyn and the rest of New York City. (He died in 1887 at the age of 42.) Ms. Greene will show about 25 slides, from the Southampton train station, the existence of which helped broaden Brainerd’s horizons, to the village’s North End Burying Ground, to the summer “cottages” of the wealthy. A few photos from the present day will be mixed in for contrast.


The free talk will take place in the Morris Meeting Room. The library prefers registration in advance.