Long Island's Prominent Families in the Town of Southampton: Their Estates and Their Country Homes

Author: Raymond and Judith Spinzia

ISBN 978-1-60264-681-0 (softcover)

612 pages

The Town of Southampton, with its influx of celebrity residents, bears little resemblance to the society estate are of the late 1800s and early 1900s. The older homes that survived the ravages of the 1938 hurricane, now often screened from prying eyes by high, protective hedgerows, give a glimpse of what was a glamorous and very different summer playground.

This fourth volume in the Long Island's Prominent Families series is the only comprehensive single source of information about the estates and the families who owned these estates in the Town of Southampton. It documents 560 estate owners, includes 372 photographs of the estates, and has the same extensive appendices as previous volumes in the series. Biographical information about the estate owners continues to be presented in a modified "Who's Who" format. A new feature is inclusion of the cross-referencing of family members to all other volumes in the series.


Judith and Raymond Spinzia are former Long Island residents, now residing in central Pennsylvania. Their first book, Long Island: A Guide to New York's Suffolk and Nassau Counties (New York: Hippocrene Books, 1988; 1991 revised; 2009 revised) is a standard reference book which has been used as a textbook for teaching Long Island history and can be found in almost all public libraries and schools on Long Island.

The Spinzias write and speak, jointly and separately, on a variety of Long Island-related subjects, including the North and South Shore estates, Tiffany stained-glass windows, and the Vanderbilts of Long Island. On several occasions their lectures were chosen by the former radio station of The New York Times, WQXR, as the cultural event of the day in the New York Metropolitan area. Additionally, they have been featured on local television and radio programs and in articles published by The New York Times, Newsday, and other regional newspapers.

The Spinzias served as Long Island history consultants for a local cable television channel that, in an effort to encourage local interest, aired material from their guidebook twice daily. They were also consultants for a Japanese television network for a documentary on Louis Comfort Tiffany and contributed material to the Arts and Entertainment Network's "Biography" series for its presentation on the Vanderbilt and Tiffany families.

In addition to their two-volume work on the North Shore estates published in 2006 and a companion volume on the South Shore estates published in 2007, Long Island's Prominent Families in the Town of Hempstead: Their Estates and Their Country Homes has also been released this year. Ordering information and sample pages for the five volumes in the Spinzias' Long Island Prominent Families series can be found by visiting their website spinzialongislandestates.com.

Category: Non-Fiction

Type: books

Vendor: Judith and Raymond Spinzia

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