East Hampton: A History and Guide

By Jason Epstein and Elizabeth Barlow Rogers. (Medway Press, 1976; republished, Random House, 1985)

According to Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, the genesis of this book lies in conversations she had in 1975 with Jason Epstein, a Random House senior editor for many years. Epstein, who has a second home in Sag Harbor, was interested in writing about that town’s historic whaling industry. Rogers, who saw the changes that were occurring as the landscape surrounding her weekend house in Wainscott was being converted from farmland into house lots, wanted to capture Eastern Long Island’s agricultural history before the pending transformation destroyed the community’s sense of continuity with its past. Since both Sag Harbor and Wainscott are part of the Town of East Hampton, Epstein and Rogers decided to combine their respective interests into one book. They chose to publish it under the imprint of their own company, the Medway Press. In 1985, after the Medway Press went out of existence, the book was republished by Random House.