This Circa-1872 Southampton Manor For Sale Harkens to the Start of Hamptons Summer Society

Presiding over Southampton’s Main Street, this impressive 12-bedroom manse known locally as “Barney Green’s House” has hit the market for $ 24.99 million. Sporting a mansard roof in the Second Empire style, the residence was built in 1872 by retired whaling captain Barney Green as a 40-guest boarding house.

This was about the time that Southampton’s Summer Colony came to be, that is, the transformation of the area from that of agriculture and fishing to a place where wealthy Manhattanites retreated for leisure. According to the Southampton History Museum, Green retired as a captain to open the boarding house as the Summer Colony rapidly grew in popularity.

The 1.25-acre property has had only a handful of owners in the past 150 years, and many original details remain intact: Notably leaded-glass windows, coffered ceilings, millwork, mantels, verandas, and a porte-cochere. Though it has been beautifully modernized with fresh details, it’s easy to imagine people in gowns and tuxedos coming and going from parties or strolling the grounds.

Harald Grant of Sotheby’s International Realty holds the listing