The Mill House Inn

An East Hampton Bed and Breakfast on Long Island, New York     631.324.9766


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About The Mill House ....   East Hamptons Mill House Inn has been part of Long Island history for over 200 years. Originally built by the Parsons Family in 1790, the house was purchased by Patrick Lynch in 1860 and remained in the Lynch family until 1973. Since 1973 it has been a guest house/bed and breakfast, fully renovated in 1994 and most recently purchased in 1999 by Sylvia & Gary Muller who have continued to upgrade the facilities, purchasing the adjoining property in 2002 and embarking on another major renovation in 2005.

The following is an account of the history of our home from Jeannette Rattray's book, Up and Down Main Street (East Hampton Star, 1968, pp. 71-72):

"The house which is now 33 North Main Street (oops – they changed the street number to 31 in 1999) and the home of Mrs. S.J. Lynch would never be recognized as the W.L. Parsons house which looked like 'Home, Sweet Home'. It was remodeled in 1898 by Patrick Lynch, father of the late Stephen J. Lynch. The roof was lifted to build a full second story, and a porch was added. The old barn remains as it was (only a subsequent owner sold it in the ‘80’s and it now serves as a pool house on Further Lane). Patrick Lynch was shipwrecked in Amagansett on August 25, 1851. The ship Catherine of Liverpool carried 300 Irish immigrants. The Catherine and most of her cargo were lost, but all the passengers saved. Young Patrick Lynch had been bound for the gold fields in California. Col. William D. Parsons stepped up to him on the beach and offered him work on his farm at Fireplace. So he settled in East Hampton and, shortly after 1860, bought the place then owned by William Lewis Parsons. Abraham Parsons (1772-1844) lived in that house; also his son William (1800-1846). William's elder son, William Lewis Parsons, went to Denver, Colorado in 1859 to engage in mining. In the 1870's and 1880's Roman Catholic services were held at the homes of Patrick Lynch, James Gay and Richard Gilmartin. East Hampton had no Catholic Church at the time. At the Lynch house, the congregation outgrew the room and some of them knelt in the yard below the windows. Miss Fanny Huntting, who kept a diary from 1855 to 1887, was an ardent Presbyterian. Her diaries are full of religious reflections; she also reported everyday life along Main Street. She was a semi-invalid, with plenty of time to make observations from her rocking chair. She lived in what is now the Main Street business section, not two minutes' walk from Patrick Lynch's. Quoting: 'July 24-Sunday. This morning I counted 60 persons coming from Mass which is held every other Sunday at the home of Patrick Lynch. I think the Catholics feel pretty well set up, as Mrs. ex-President Tyler [Julia Gardiner Tyler of the Gardiner's Island family] is of the denomination and is a regular attendant at Mass'."

The East Hamptons Mill House Inn remained in the Lynch family until the mid 70’s and was, like many other houses in the area during the late 18th and early 19th century, used as a boarding house for the new wave of summer visitors, artists and migrant workers.  When the Lynch family sold the house the subsequent owners continued the tradition of accepting paying guests and serving them breakfast, making the Mill House Inn one of the oldest continuing Hamptons' Long Island bed & breakfast establishments.

Some say that Patrick Lynch has remained with the inn all these years – it must be hard leaving such a lovely home…  Several years ago, on a Friday the 13th with a full harvest moon, suddenly all the electronics in the inn went haywire.  The printer started spewing out gibberish and the telephone system went berserk. The main lines started ringing in the guest rooms; the voice mail was all confused.  It took us most of the weekend (with a full house of course) to get it back under control.  Our resident ghost (every old inn must have at least one) – had discovered the joys of modern technology!

But seriously, it is difficult to leave such a comfortable home, so rich in history and so much a part of this beautifully preserved historic community. 

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The Mill House Inn

31 North Main StreetEast Hampton,  Long Island,  NY  11937

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