Experience the Charm of Sage and Madison’s Rich History
Old Whaling Town
Sag Harbor was first inhabited by the Algonquin Indians. They called the town Weg-wag-onuch which was derived from the Algonquin word “Weg-quae-and-auke” meaning “the land or place at the end of the hill.” At that time, Sag Harbor was enveloped in hills, streams, meadows, and swamps. The neighboring villages called this area “Great Meadows.” Sag Harbor reached its heyday between 1820 and 1850 as the whaling industry thrived across Long Island and throughout New England. More than 60 whaling ships called the Port of Sag Harbor home as they braved wind and sea in search of goods and bowhead whales. The streets bustled with merchants and sailors from all over the world speaking different languages and bringing different cultures to the area. Taverns and inns dotted the streets and overflowed with captains and crews telling stories of their adventures at sea.
Dorian Grey Star Hurd Hatfield
lived in the house for several years
Where Sage Meets Madison
31 Madison Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
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