Restoration Committee Today

A Second Chance for Second House

The Second House Restoration Committee of the MHS, together with the Town of East Hampton, has embarked on a three-phase project to restore the 1746 building and develop a vibrant and stimulating museum for our local community as well as for the visitors who come to Montauk from all over the world.

Phase One is already underway, and plans have been drawn up to restore the House to the days of the last keeper in 1880. The inner walls and ceilings have been exposed, and work is being carried out to seal the exterior of the structure by October 2019. Phase Two of the project, which involves most of the exterior work, is expected to be completed by the Spring. Phase Three, dealing with the interior as well as museum design, is planned for later in 2020.

Historian Robert Hefner and the Town of East Hampton have prepared a Historical Structure report, which you can read here. Besides offering suggestions for restoring Second House, the report provides a vivid narrative of the fascinating history that the House has witnessed in its nearly 275 years.

Please support our restoration efforts by making a donation today and join us at one of our fundraisers over the coming year. The Montauk Historical Society will continue to host fun and educational events during the reconstruction. For more information on donating, sponsoring or volunteering, please contact