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What’s in the name Sagaponack?

By Judi Desiderio, Tuesday, November 30, 2010
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The name Sagaponack, like so many of others in the Hamptons, is derived from the Shinnecock Indian Nation and meant “land of the big ground nuts” or more commonly known as potatoes. Potato farming continued until late in the 20th century and many of the huge estates are now built on former potato fields. It is these estates that gave Sagaponack a ranking as the number one most expensive zip code a few years ago. Originally just a stretch of land connecting Southampton to East Hampton it is now home to many a rich and famous. With the famed Rennert mansion, a controversial 29-bedroom mansion on 62 oceanfront acre, and other big name celebrities making Sagaponack a second home destination, real estate value began to escalate from was farm-land prices on the east end to what they are today — but the rural abundance that makes Sagaponack so unique has always remained just picture perfect.

Sagaponack painter