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Flanders

Flanders
Beginnings: This lightly populated, heavily wooded hamlet in northwest Southampton Town was virtually uninhabited by whites in colonial times. Among its early settlers were Dutch who settled in the area about the end of the 18th Century. They gave the location its name because it reminded them of Flanders, a region of Holland. In the 1800s, families from New York City and western Long Island summered in Flanders. The community also produced cordwood, and loggers used it as a rest stop on their way to woodlots on the South Fork.
Photo: The Riverhead Road, Flanders ("Long Island To-day" by Frederick Ruther, 1909)
Beginnings: This lightly populated, heavily wooded hamlet in northwest Southampton Town was virtually uninhabited by whites in colonial times. Among its early settlers were Dutch who settled in the area about the end of the 18th Century. They gave the location its name because it reminded them of Flanders, a region of Holland. In the 1800s, families from New York City and western Long Island summered in Flanders. The community also produced cordwood, and loggers used it as a rest stop on their way to woodlots on the South Fork.
Photo: The Riverhead Road, Flanders ("Long Island To-day" by Frederick Ruther, 1909)
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