The Village of Quogue has been added to the list of municipalities in the state that now boast recognized historic districts.
Members of the Steering Committee for Preservation in Quogue, which includes members of the village’s Historical Society and other interested parties, have been pushing for such a designation for more than two years. The label means that the state recognizes the municipality’s history, although it doesn’t require the village to preserve it or, more specifically, any older structure that possesses historic significance.
Still, those pushing for the historic designation said they’re thrilled to finally be recognized by Albany.
“It was amazing,” said Chester Murray, co-chairman of the Quogue Historical Society, after learning about the new designation this week. “We were at it for over two years now, and it was quite a process to fill everything out.”
He noted that steering committee members were equally excited to hear the news, adding that they immediately fired off an email blast to the 500 people on the Quogue Historical Society’s mailing list.
“I think that’s wonderful that a very big inventory of homes and buildings will be on the register,” said Donna Sessa, a former director of the Quogue Historical Society and a member of the steering committee. “And I think this was certainly a long time coming.”
The map submitted to the state outlining the village’s historic areas included more than 250 buildings, most of which sit off Quogue Street and Jessup Avenue, as well as most of the secondary roads that connect with them.
For it to be listed on the State Register of Historic Places, a community must boast a high number of historical houses or other structures, Southampton Town Historian Zach Studenroth previously explained. The National Register defines a historical house as older than 50 years, though Mr. Studenroth noted that there is a “gray area,” explaining that in order to be deemed historic, a house can also feature unique architectural designs or have had notable residents or visitors.
Mr. Studenroth assisted steering committee members in the process of applying for a historic district in Quogue.
The next step, Mr. Murray explained, is getting Quogue added to the National Register of Historical Places. He said the state is forwarding the village’s application to Washington, D.C., for further review, and that he expects a decision to be made in about three months.
“Now we’re going to be on the National Registry and that’s wonderful,” Ms. Sessa said. “I think it really is honoring what is the history of Quogue.”
The Historical Society plans to celebrate the creation of the historic district with a special exhibition at the opening of the Pond House on Jessup Avenue over Memorial Day weekend.