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Does "Gin Lane" Mean What We Think It Does?

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As a matter of fact, no, sadly. Nor does it have anything to do with Hogarth. For these answers and more information about some of the Hamptons' most intriguing road names, see the map! (Note: this is the best information we could find. Lots of people assert that Gin Lane got its name from smugglers during Prohibition, but it's not true. Gin Beach in Montauk was also a place where cattled were "ginned.")

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Gin Lane, Southampton

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"Gin" is an old English term for a "common grazing area." Cattle were ginned here.

Scuttle Hole Road, Bridgehampton

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The story is that a peddler broke down or upset his cart by getting into a slough or hole. Asked how he got out, he replied “Oh, I had to scuttle to do it.”

Poxabogue Lane, Sagaponack

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Derived from the Algonquian word Paugasa-baug, meaning "a pond that widens.”

Pudding Hill Lane, East Hampton

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Supposedly in 1776 a local housewife made a steamed pudding which smelled so good the Redcoats wanted some. A loyal patriot, the lady spilled the dessert rather than give the soldiers any.

Egypt Lane, East Hampton

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A resident said that the street was "as dark as Egypt" because of the overhanging trees.

Soak Hides Road, east hampton

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Near Tenbark Creek, where hides were soaked before tanning.

Sammys Beach Road, East Hampton

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Named after Samuel Parsons, who owned the land in 1731.

Louse Point Road, Springs

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Supposedly “so barren it wouldn't support even a louse.”

Promised Land Road, Napeague

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This was the site of the Smith Meal Fish Factory which processed bunker into fish meal. The area used to smell so bad, it was said to "stink to high heaven."

School Lane, Montauk

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The old house adjoining the lane was Montauk's first one-room schoolhouse.

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Gin Lane, Southampton

"Gin" is an old English term for a "common grazing area." Cattle were ginned here.

Scuttle Hole Road, Bridgehampton

The story is that a peddler broke down or upset his cart by getting into a slough or hole. Asked how he got out, he replied “Oh, I had to scuttle to do it.”

Poxabogue Lane, Sagaponack

Derived from the Algonquian word Paugasa-baug, meaning "a pond that widens.”

Pudding Hill Lane, East Hampton

Supposedly in 1776 a local housewife made a steamed pudding which smelled so good the Redcoats wanted some. A loyal patriot, the lady spilled the dessert rather than give the soldiers any.

Egypt Lane, East Hampton

A resident said that the street was "as dark as Egypt" because of the overhanging trees.

Soak Hides Road, east hampton

Near Tenbark Creek, where hides were soaked before tanning.

Sammys Beach Road, East Hampton

Named after Samuel Parsons, who owned the land in 1731.

Louse Point Road, Springs

Supposedly “so barren it wouldn't support even a louse.”

Promised Land Road, Napeague

This was the site of the Smith Meal Fish Factory which processed bunker into fish meal. The area used to smell so bad, it was said to "stink to high heaven."

School Lane, Montauk

The old house adjoining the lane was Montauk's first one-room schoolhouse.