Wainscott, New York

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Wainscott is a census-designated place (CDP) that roughly corresponds to the hamlet (unincorporated community) with the same name in the town of East Hampton in Suffolk County, New York on the South Shore of Long Island. As of the United States 2000 Census, the CDP population was 628.[1] The CDP was created for the 2000 census.[2]

Wainscott is also listed on United States Board on Geographic Names database as Midhampton although the name is not used locally.


Background and History

Wainscott was home to the last public one-room school house operating in New York until an annex was built in 2008.

The hamlet was named after Wainscott, Kent, a village north of Maidstone, England, an area immortalized in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations and from which most of the early settlers of the East Hampton came.[3]

Facing the Atlantic Ocean to the south, Wainscott has some of the most expensive property in the world. On its west is the village of Sagaponack, New York and on the east is the village of East Hampton.

Its east side faces Georgica Pond. The exclusive Georgica Association has a 100-acre (0.40 km2) subdivision on the west side of the pond. The Association's most famous house called the "Michael Kennedy house" (a lawyer who represented such diverse clients as the Black Panthers and Ivana Trump) was the beach house featured in the 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

The PBS children's show It's a Big Big World is taped in the industrial park at the East Hampton Airport which is in Wainscott.

The Wainscott railroad station on the Montauk Branch closed in the 1930s.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.3 square miles (18.9 km²), of which, 6.8 square miles (17.6 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²) of it (6.85%) is water.

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