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East Hampton (village), New York (U.S.)

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[Flag of Village of East Hampton, New York] image by Paul Bassinson, 29 March 2022
based on photo located by Dave Fowler, 6 January 2020

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The Village of East Hampton has adopted a new flag and seal.

East Hampton starts 100th birthday celebration by unveiling new village logo
January 5, 2020

East Hampton Village’s new centennial logo evokes the East End community's essence with images far from trophy estates, Montauk Highway traffic or an overcrowded share house. Village officials instead chose a design emphasizing East Hampton’s bucolic charm and nautical history — a seagull flying above the iconic Hook Mill windmill set behind a dune. The new seal was unveiled during a village board meeting Thursday and kicks off a yearlong celebration commemorating 100 years of incorporation.

“It’s very pretty and it’s very East Hampton,” village trustee Barbara Borsack, the centennial committee chair, said of the design. “East Hampton is very proud of its history. We have been here for a very long time. Since [English settlement in] 1648.”

The pen-and-ink image is also displayed on a flag that was raised Thursday above Village Hall. The design is the work of East Hampton-based mixed-media artist Scott Bluedorn, who describes his portfolio as being influenced by “maritime cosmology.”
    “We came up with a couple of ideas, although we all agreed it should focus on Hook Mill,” said Bluedorn, a lifelong East Ender. “It’s an  iconic landmark and it’s something I use a lot in my own personal work.”

Bluedorn said he also thought it was important to incorporate the ocean and local fauna with a touch of Surrealism, as the downtown windmill is depicted on the beach. He considered drawing an osprey or a swan, but ultimately settled on the familiar, and he said more emblematic, seagull. The current seal, featuring a lion and river, is identical to that of Maidstone, England, the home of some of the village's first English settlers. The new design honors what's best about East Hampton, King said.

Dave Fowler, 6 January 2020

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[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 Village's flag bears the seal in full colours on a field of white. 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 Updated July 19, 2009