One of our favorite holiday events is East Hampton Historical Society’s house and garden tour. This year’s tour, “From the Village to the Atlantic,” gives a glimpse inside some of East Hampton’s most storied residences. (Kilkare!) The self-guided tour is scheduled for Saturday, November 25, from 1 to 4:30PM. And don’t miss the kick-off cocktail party on the evening of Friday, November 24, which will be held at the historic Maidstone Club.
Above, a traditional Shingle-Style house on Further Lane is one of five distinguished homes on the 2017 East Hampton House & Garden Tour, traditionally held over Thanksgiving weekend.
Iconic Kilkare is located within the prestigious Georgica Association, with panoramic views of Georgica Pond and the Atlantic. Built in 1877 by ship builders, and home to only two families since then, the three-story house has been restored with all authentic detail.
On Mill Hill Lane, visit an early twentieth-century cottage with French and English influences. The interiors are French inflected, with plaster walls, antique limestone floors and mantels, period beams, and a La Cornue range, while the exterior resembles an English cottage, with intricate stonework and a swooping shingled roof.
On Huntting Lane, the Elizabethan-style Woodhouse Playhouse (above) in East Hampton Village is celebrating its centennial. Built by the legendary philanthropist and arts patron Mary Woodhouse, the current homeowners continue the legacy of Mrs. Woodhouse through year-round music and theater programs, honoring the playhouse’s original role as a theater and drama school. Designed by Francis Burrell Hoffman Jr., a “gentleman’s architect,” who was at the forefront of the Village’s emergence as a premier summer colony, the Woodhouse Playhouse is of architectural significance. The 75-foot-long great room boasts a 30-foot gabled peak and church-like nave, an Aeolian-Skinner organ and massive fireplace, and has attracted many famous visitors over the years—including John Drew, John Barrymore, Isadora Duncan, the Westminster Choir, and Metropolitan Opera greats.
Tickets to the tour are $65 in advance and $75 on the day. Tickets to the opening night cocktail party are $200, which includes entry to the house tour the next day. Tickets can be purchased at the EHHS office at 101 Main Street Tuesday – Saturday, 10 – 3:30, via the website, phone (631-324-6850), or at Clinton Academy on November 24 and 25 between 10 – 3:30.
Note: The Maidstone Club is open only to cocktail party ticketholders on the evening of Friday, November 24, 2016.