Speonk, a hamlet in the western part of the Town of Southampton north of Montauk Highway, is part of the Remsenburg-Speonk area. Its unusual name is believed to have been inspired by a Native American word meaning “high place” by its original inhabitants. In fact, Speonk was the name of the entire area until Remsenburg was given its own name. In addition to Native Americans, the early residents of Speonk were farmers who first came west from Southampton and Bridgehampton to graze cattle on meadows they leased for the summer, eventually settling there during the mid-1700s. In the late
Clay Pit Road was once the site of a clay bed from which bricks were made in a mill at 175 Montauk Highway; the brick mill was later replaced by a sawmill. Today 175 Montauk Highway is one of
Speonk today is largely residential, with a small commercial district along Montauk Highway.