From the pages of a slow news day at The New York Times last week came a brief history of Long Island's first post office. In case you were wondering, Sag Harbor's post office blazed the trail and became the first of its kind on the island in 1789. Under the direction of Postmaster General Benjamin Franklin, this glorified shed attached to the Old Custom House served the earliest Hamptonites for 30 years. 'In 1829, Samuel Phillips, the editor of The Republican Watchman, the local newspaper, became Sag Harbor’s third postmaster' and upgraded from the shed by moving the post office to his printing site. Again, in case you were wondering.
· On Long Island: Starting in a Shed [NYT]