Title: Author Meredith Murray Celebrates Westhampton's Area History
Author: Eileen Casey
Publisher: Hamptons Online
A delightful new book by local author Meredith Murray highlights much of the history of the Westhampton area.
Referring to the Westhampton area as "the hidden jewel" Murray has managed to make this book both interesting and informative. Accompanied by over 200 vintage photographs, "Around Westhampton" encompasses not only Westhampton, but Westhampton Beach, Quiogue and Westhampton Dunes as well.
Beginning with the history of the Apocock Indians and their contribution to the English settlers, the book spans the history of the area from 1650 to the present. Westhampton, or Catchaponack as it was named by the Algonquin tribes in the 1660s, is revealed to be not only a beautiful and scenic area, but an area whose inhabitants and residents have survived and overcome hurricanes, civil and world wars, and other life altering circumstances, and to have grown and flourished from argricultural and fishing villages to what is now considered to be one of the most desirable summer vacation resorts on the East End. The determination and fortitude of these residents is reflected and apparent in the photographic treasures displayed in the book, with insightful and obviously thoroughly researched text by Murray.
If you have spent even just an evening in the Westhampton area, perhaps enjoying a sunset or walk in the enchanting village(s), this book is a must read for those who are interested in knowing who traversed these areas long ago. Bravo to Murray for compiling both a written and photographic testament to some rather remarkable citizens.
Proceeds from the sale of the book will go towards the restoration of the Foster-Meeker House as an educational center to help promote and preserve local history. Many of the vintage photographs contained in the book are also available as postcards.
About The Author
Murray has written two previous books about Westhampton, "Steamed Crabs and Cranberries" and "The Magic Boat." Adhering to a mainstay of journalist integrity - 'write what you know' - Murray brings a particular expertise to this subject matter as her family has lived in Westhampton since the 1890s - six generations have lived on Apaucuck Points. An alumna of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, Murray has been a columnist and associate editor for People Magazine Online, as well as the Book-of-the-Month Club submissions reader.
This multi-talented lady is also a paramedic, midwife's assistant and Tennessee Walking Horse manager, and researcher for the Westhampton Beach Historical Society. She is currently a real estate broker with The Corocoran Group in Westhampton Beach.
There will be a book signing and exhibit opening cocktail party held on Friday, June 18 at Starr Boggs Restaurant in Westhampton, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Additional book signings will be held on June 19 at Borders in Riverhead (1 p.m.), and June 26 at The Open Book in Westhampton Beach (6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
"Around Westhampton" is published by Arcadia Publishing under the Images of America Series, (128 pages, soft cover, $21.99).