North Sea is a quiet, unpretentious hamlet comprised of approximately 12 square miles along Peconic Bay, bordering the Peconic River and Little Peconic Bay to the north and incorporating several bodies of water including Big Fresh Pond, Little Fresh Pond and Scallop Pond. Removed from the Hamptons “scene,” in North Sea you can find vestiges of a simpler time. Many North Sea residents are natives who love the privacy and quiet of life here.
North Sea was the landing site for the first settlers in Southampton. In 1640 a group of English colonists sailed into Little Peconic Bay from Massachusetts and landed at Conscience Point, in what is today North Sea. They traveled south along an Indian trail and established the first English settlement in New York at Olde Towne, in what is now Southampton Village. North Sea Harbor became an important port for the new colony over the next decade, where news, supplies and new settlers arrived. The first settlement at North Sea was established in 1650.
These days the small business district along North Sea Road includes a seafood store, a restaurant, a couple of delis and a few other businesses, and there is a town-owned marina. Conscience Point National Wildlife Refuge stretches along the harbor’s west side, where a huge boulder with a commemorative plaque marks the landing spot. The former one-room schoolhouse is home to the North Sea Community Association, with a ball field behind it where the local fire department hosts a popular carnival and fireworks display over the July Fourth holiday. Although peaceful and low key itself, North Sea is within easy reach of the more glamorous parts of the Hamptons, just down the road from Southampton Village and minutes to Water Mill, Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor.