DescriptionSag Harbor's sheltered position between the North and South Forks of Long Island made it important from its earliest days. As early as 1707 it had assumed such stature as a port that the British Crown appointed an officer to stop the “running of illicit cargos into Sagg Harbour, the principal port of Long Island.” The town was one of the first two ports of entry created by Congress in 1789.
The whaling industry was of primary importance to Sag Harbor's development. During this period the town was the source of many real and imagined heroes, including those of the sea stories of James Fenimore Cooper, who began his first novel in this area in 1824. Sag Harbor ranked as one of the largest whaling ports in the world before the industry died in 1871.
Antique hunters have long since replaced whale hunters. The streets of the town's historic district contain interesting buildings ranging from simple weathered saltbox cottages to the more ornate houses of its wealthy past.
Visitor InfoSag Harbor Chamber of Commerce 8 Wharf St. SAG HARBOR, NY 11963. Phone:(631)725-0011
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