Water Mill was established in 1644 when a water-powered grist mill was built at a fresh water pond. This mill, three miles from the English colony of Southampton, served the colonists for over 150 years. The water mill became the social and economic heart of the farming community that developed around it. Currently the hamlet has three active non-profit organization: The Water Mill Museum located in the old water mill features exhibits related to local history, The Water Mill Village Improvement Association owns and maintains the historic 1813 windmill and Village Green on Montauk Hwy and the Water Mill Community Club owns and maintains the historic Community House on Montauk Hwy and a seven acre community sports field and playground off Deerfield Rd.
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