Whales that washed up on the beach were butchered and whales were hunted offshore with rowboats sometimes manned by Montauk Indians.
Due to no good harbor in East Hampton; however, it was Sag Harbor which became a whaling center which sent ships to the Pacific.
There were 635 households out of which 16.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.2% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.9% were non-families.
36.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older.
In the village, the population was spread out with 14.4% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 22.6% from 25 to 44, 31.3% from 45 to 64, and 27.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median income for a household in the village was ,607, and the median income for a family was ,500.The town offers a wide range of fine restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and theater.Sporting activities are enjoyed with world class country clubs, beautiful beaches, excellent sailing, fishing and riding stables.on Main Street, then in "cottages," which sometimes were substantial estates, built on former farms and pastures in the village.Shingle style architecture was popular from the 1880s.