About LVIS


Our Mission

“The purposes for which the Society is formed are for the maintenance and preservation of historical landmarks and for the maintenance of ponds, parks, greens, and trees in the Village of East Hampton and vicinity, as well as for charitable and educational improvement and the advancement of the general welfare of the said Village of East Hampton and vicinity.”


 LVIS House & Grounds

The LVIS House at 95 Main Street serves as our headquarters. In addition to offices, it houses our Thrift and Book Shops. The House, circa 1740, is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Our grounds are well-known as the site for our annual July Fair.  In addition to the open spaces, there is a large walled Sunken Garden. We believe this feature, designed in a style dating from the 1920s, was originally built for a wedding. Read More



  LVIS History

In 1895, the area surrounding the newly constructed LIRR station was unsightly and Main Street was unpaved and unbearably dusty. Twenty-one East Hampton women decided that the time had come to eliminate these and many other problems of a growing East Hampton. The Ladies’ Village Improvement Society was formed at the Clinton Academy Annex and began raising funds to water down dusty Main Street, sweep the crosswalks, clean up the station area, install oil lamps on Main Street, and hire a lamplighter. Read More