2. Emma S. Clark Library

Emma S. Clark Library

The Emma S. Clark Library is the oldest continuously-operated public library in Suffolk County, built in 1892 by patron Thomas Hodgkins. The library is named after Emma S. Clark, Hodgkins’ niece, and Hodgkins died less than 2 months after the library was dedicated.

The library is part of the Three Village Historical District. The structure stands on the property of a tavern and general store run by Thomas S. Mount, father of painter William Sidney Mount. The Tudor-style library is known for its architectural features including a four-foot clock on the facade and a lead glass window in the main reading room. It hosts many events, including an annual Local Author’s Reception featuring published authors who are from or live in the surrounding villages.