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East Hampton, New York (U.S.)

Suffolk County

Last modified: 2006-07-29 by rick wyatt
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Town of East Hampton

To date we have not located a flag of the Town of East Hampton.

The Town of East Hampton has its own shield, but I am not aware of a Town flag. The Town seal is black with gold etchings. The seal is enclosed in a gold circle with the following legends in black: "EAST HAMPTON TOWN, N.Y. (on the top half). The bottom half reads: SAG HARBOR . WAINSCOTT . EAST HAMPTON . SPRINGS . AMAGANSETT. MONTAUK.

The inner circle is black (Gardiner's Bay, Georgica Pond, Lake Montauk and the Atlantic Ocean). Facing Southwest to Northeast is the south fork of Long Island, including Gardiner's Island (coloured gold). In black print appear the names and boundaries of the six villages and hamlets. Above Gardiner's Island are two gold circles (black in between). This signifies a compass bearing north. The compass may represent either or all of the following: Lord David Lion Gardiner's friendship with William Blackbeard (yes, that Blackbeard), Sag Harbor's whaling industry, or today's commercial fishing fleet based on Montauk. Below the peninsula appear a sketch of Hook Mill (in East Hampton) and the Montauk Lighthouse. These are outlined in both gold on black.
Daniel S. Padovano, 23 July 2006

Village of East Hampton

[Flag of Village of East Hampton, New York] image by Jens Pattke, 16 October 2005

The flag of the Village of East Hampton can be seen at, being a seal on a white field. An image of the seal can be seen at

The Village of East Hampton is an incorporated part of the Town of East Hampton, Suffolk County, NY
Ned Smith, 15 October 2005

The Village's shield is based on the shield used by  Maidstone, Kent UK. The village's original settlers were from Maidstone and the surrounding area in Kent. The Village was settled in 1648. East Hampton was originally called Maidstone by the settlers in 1648, reflecting their city of origin. The name was changed to East Hampton towards the end of the 17th century. The name Maidstone survives with several street and road names, two bed and breakfasts / motels and one very exclusive country club.

The coat of arms are those of William Courtenay, Archbishop of Canterbury (d. 1396). His eminence is credited with founding Maidstone (U.K.)  His family arms bear three torteaux gules upon a field or. The shield was adopted by Maidstone in 1619, with the addition of  a fesse azure denoting the River Medway which flows through Maidstone. The shield's chief bears a lion passant or on a field gules, signifying a royal charter. The Village of East Hampton's shield differs in that the lion passant is or, on field argent (white). Additionally, the fesse is straight. I am not sure why the changes.
Daniel S. Padovano, 23 July 2006