Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9781930066694 Published August 2007

Keeping Time in Sag Harbor

Stephen Longmire

Stephen Longmire

Distributed for Columbia College Chicago Press

312 pages | 133 color plates | 9 x 10
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9781930066694 Published August 2007
For 300 years, Sag Harbor has been a prism reflecting facets of American history, from its heyday as a whaling port worthy of mention in Moby-Dick, to a factory town shipping out Bulova watches to its latest reincarnation, as an alternative retreat to the exclusive Hamptons. Stephen Longmire explores its many stories in Keeping Time in Sag Harbor.
        
Sag Harbor’s architecture encompasses buildings from the American Revolution to the present, including the stately eighteenth- and nineteenth-century mansions lining “Captains Row” and public buildings such as the early Custom House. The work to protect this architecture in the face of booming real estate development is at the heart of Longmire’s account. Archival images and Longmire’s own color photographs are interspersed with interviews with new and old residents, and together they reveal the evolving character of the village, as the book charts how Sag Harbor has struggled to retain its identity while learning to sustain itself on tourism. Keeping Time in Sag Harbor is an intimate portrait of a historic American village that stands as an example of the challenge facing American communities from Santa Fe to South Beach.
E. L. Doctorow

“Stephen Longmire has an eye for the glories of an historic village—the way its past endures in its doorways, its gravestones, its fences, its finials.  This lovely and loving book, attesting to the unorganized acts of preservation that have maintained the truth of a place for 300 years, is itself a scrupulous act of preservation.”

Contents
Preface
by Zachary N. Studenroth
 
Introduction
Whalers, Watchmakers, and Weekenders
Sag Harbor at 300
Where Houses Are Historians
Docements
List of Plates
Credits for the Extracts
Acknowledgments
About the Author
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