The hamlet of East Quogue lies between Quogue and Hampton Bays, with a small main street where there are shops, restaurants and a public park with a loop path and playground, where outdoor concerts are offered on the hamlet green in summer. A number of charming Victorian houses remain in East Quogue, and there is still farmland north of town. East Quogue has an active Historical Society, which maintains a museum on Main Street as well as a “traveling museum” that has been displayed in area schools.
Founded in 1673 as Fourth Neck and later called Atlanticville, the hamlet became East Quogue in 1891. A number of the houses built by the early settlers are still part of the community. In East Quogue’s early days fishermen settled south of what is now Main Street (Montauk Highway) close to Shinnecock Bay, and farmers tilled the fertile lands to the north. The extension of the Long Island Railroad in the 1880s brought summer visitors, and boarding houses were built to accommodate them.
This quiet, pleasant hamlet has some of the most picturesque bay front property in the area as well as ocean beaches, and offers ample opportunities for boating and other water sports. Oceanfront Tiana Beach, maintained by the Town of Southampton, has a lifeguard on duty in summer, and an Activity Center where recreational programs are offered, and which may be rented for meetings and events.
“I consider myself very lucky to have grown up in East Quogue. It is a small (but growing), quaint town where everyone knows each other and looks out for one another. The elementary school is wonderful. I had a great experience, attending Kindergarten through 6th grade there. The village is small but very pretty with delightful places to eat. East Quogue also has beautiful waterfronts and historic homes, and the back roads are lovely for walking. You are never far from water either, as the south side borders Shinnecock Bay." -- Rachel Gilks