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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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1. Gin Lane, Southampton

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

2. Scuttle Hole Road, Bridgehampton

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Scuttle Hole Road
Bridgehampton, NY

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.”

3. Poxabogue Lane, Sagaponack

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Poxabogue Lane
Sagaponack, NY 11962

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

4. Pudding Hill Lane, East Hampton

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Pudding Hill Lane
East Hampton, NY 11937

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.

5. Egypt Lane, East Hampton

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Egypt Lane
East Hampton, NY 11937

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

6. Soak Hides Road, east hampton

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Soak Hides Road
East Hampton, NY 11937

Near Tenbark Creek, where hides were soaked before tanning.

7. Sammys Beach Road, East Hampton

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Sammys Beach Road
East Hampton, NY 11937

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

8. Louse Point Road, Springs

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Louse Point Road
Springs, NY 11937

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

9. Promised Land Road, Napeague

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Promised Land Road
Napeague, NY 11930

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."

10. School Lane, Montauk

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School Lane
Montauk, NY 11954

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

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1. Gin Lane, Southampton

Southampton, NY

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

2. Scuttle Hole Road, Bridgehampton

Scuttle Hole Road, Bridgehampton, NY

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.”

Scuttle Hole Road
Bridgehampton, NY

3. Poxabogue Lane, Sagaponack

Poxabogue Lane, Sagaponack, NY 11962

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

Poxabogue Lane
Sagaponack, NY 11962

4. Pudding Hill Lane, East Hampton

Pudding Hill Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937

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.

Pudding Hill Lane
East Hampton, NY 11937

5. Egypt Lane, East Hampton

Egypt Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937

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

Egypt Lane
East Hampton, NY 11937

6. Soak Hides Road, east hampton

Soak Hides Road, East Hampton, NY 11937

Near Tenbark Creek, where hides were soaked before tanning.

Soak Hides Road
East Hampton, NY 11937

7. Sammys Beach Road, East Hampton

Sammys Beach Road, East Hampton, NY 11937

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

Sammys Beach Road
East Hampton, NY 11937

8. Louse Point Road, Springs

Louse Point Road, Springs, NY 11937

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

Louse Point Road
Springs, NY 11937

9. Promised Land Road, Napeague

Promised Land Road, Napeague, NY 11930

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."

Promised Land Road
Napeague, NY 11930

10. School Lane, Montauk

School Lane, Montauk, NY 11954

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

School Lane
Montauk, NY 11954