A picturesque hamlet within the Town of Southampton, Water Mill is situated between the Village of Southampton to the west and Bridgehampton to the east.
Rich in history, Water Mill not surprisingly began as a location for a water mill for grinding grain for area farmers and today is famed for being the only town on Long Island with a working watermill and windmill, both of which are popular destinations for visitors to the Hamptons. With a historic village green with an authentic windmill, antique shops, boutiques, fine restaurants, vineyards, and farms, Water Mill is one of the most charming towns on the East End of Long Island and home to some of the finest real estate in the area, with a wealth of luxury summer rentals, major homes and estates on Mecox Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, country homes, and vacation cottages.
The avant-garde opera designer, director, and visual artist Robert Wilson established his acclaimed arts-development campus, known as the Watermill Center, here in 2006. The Watermill Center itself is a 20,000+ square foot flexible working space including a 6,000 volume research library, galleries, rehearsal and staging spaces, workshops, offices, and residences situated on six acres of artist-designed and landscaped grounds.
The Parrish Art Museum, founded in 1898, opened the doors of its new, 34,400-square-foot Herzog & de Meuron-designed, building in November of 2012. Seven sky-lit galleries devoted to the permanent collection showcase the story of America’s most enduring and influential artists’ colony—Eastern Long Island. Duck Walk Vineyards offers live jazz on summer weekends and wine tastings throughout the year. Descendants of the Halsey family, who began farming the Water Mill area in the 17th century, run the Milk Pail on Route 27, where you can shop in the country store, sample cider, and doughnuts, and pick apples and pumpkins are grown on their farm overlooking Mecox Bay.
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