Sag Harbor in Suffolk County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
First Custom House
in First District
of New York State
Act passed by First Congress
making Sag Harbor Port of
Entry, approved Aug. 4, 1790
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is August 4, 1790.
Location. 41° 0.136′ N, 72° 17.753′ W. Marker is in Sag Harbor, New York, in Suffolk County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Bay Street, in the median on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sag Harbor NY 11963, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Duke Fordham's Inn (a few steps from this marker); Wharf Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Long Wharf (within shouting distance of this marker); John Steinbeck (within shouting distance of this marker); Windmill Replica (within shouting distance of this marker); Suzan Johnson Cook (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); East Water Street Lance Corporal Jordan C. Haerter Memorial (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sag Harbor.
More about this marker. The marker itself is in the middle of "downtown", while the house is about a quarter mile away, up Main Street.
Also see . . . Custom House (preservationlongisland.org). "Sag Harbor became a United States port of entry in 1789 with a growing population involved in servicing whalers, coasters, and West Indian trade ships. Henry Packer Dering, Sag Harbor’s first United States custom master, acquired the property in the early 1790s. The house was originally located at the corner of Union and Church Streets before moving to its current site in 1948 by the Old Sagg-Harbour Committee in order to save it from demolition. In 1966, Preservation Long Island (formerly the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities) acquired the property. Today, it is interpreted to reflect the work and daily activities of Dering, his wife, and nine children." (Submitted on May 4, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 4, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 191 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 4, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California.