Step into the past and explore the rich history that defines Hildreth’s—an enduring tale of family, resilience, and the evolution of the American home. Since 1842, we've been curating the finest for your home, connecting the past and present in every piece.
The Hildreth Voyage
In 1635, brothers Richard and Thomas Hildreth embarked on a journey from England to America, seeking refuge from religious persecution. Landing in Lynn, Massachusetts, they soon discovered the challenges of the rocky soil. Determined, they ventured to the East End of Long Island, forging bonds with the Shinnecock Nation and mastering survival skills in exchange for protection.
Seeds of Commerce
As the Colonial era unfolded, the Hildreths turned to cattle farming, navigating the trials of a young nation. In 1842, Lewis Hildreth laid the foundation for Hildreth’s first general store on Main Street in Southampton. The challenges of transportation, relying on ships to Sag Harbor and horse-drawn wagons, persisted until the arrival of the railroad in 1870.
Endurance and Evolution
Tragedy struck in 1870 when Lewis succumbed to smallpox. Amanda, Edgar, and Henry persevered, expanding the store as Southampton became a haven for the wealthy. In 1914, Leon Pelletreau Hildreth redirected the store towards home furnishings, anticipating the changing needs of a growing America.
Adapting to Modern Times
As television reshaped American leisure in the 1940s, Hildreth’s evolved with it. Leon’s son took the reins in 1960, steering the company toward meeting the demand for home furnishings. The legacy of innovation and adaptation continued, with each generation leaving its mark.
Preserving Traditions Today
As the thirteenth generation of Hildreths, my wife Colleen and I, along with our dedicated team, proudly continue this heritage.
Our original store on Main Street in Southampton, established in 1842, remains the Hamptons' largest source for interior and exterior home furnishings.