Sperm Whale in a Flurry by Louis Ambroise Garneray, c 1840

Hunting the Whale: The Rise and Fall of a Southampton Industry

Opening Reception on March 4 

Southampton, N.Y. - The Year of the Whale is an interactive and inclusive exhibit that adds new discoveries to the accumulation of documentation and artifacts collected over more than 100 years and illuminates Southampton Village's prominent role in the whaling industry at its mid-19th century height. Whaling tools, maps, illustrations, archival images and text will be displayed with an eye toward making the exhibit accessible to audiences of varied interests and all ages. Among those whose roles will be highlighted are local indigenous people, slaves, servants, whaling captains, and the families that were sustained by the whaling industry.


This exhibit takes place inside the historic Captain Albert Rogers Mansion, a 20 room Greek-revival house built in 1843 during the peak of the whaling industry. It was built by Captain Rogers was one of the many prosperous whaling captains living in Southampton during the 19th century. The Rogers Mansion is a property of the Southampton Historical Museum and is located at 17 Meeting House Lane. The Year of the Whale will be on display from March 4 to December 30, 2017 and is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm. 

Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 4th: 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Fee: Free admission to the opening, refreshments served.

Exhibition Dates: March 4 to December 30, 2017

Exhibit Open Hours: Wednesdays to Saturdays, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Fee: $4, Free for Members and Children 17 & under            


CONTACT: Emma Ballou, curator 

631 283-2494   eballou@southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org