In 1887, Southampton was proclaimed “the most charming of all small cities by the sea.” From 1870 to 1930, the colonial farmsteads that dotted its oldest street made way for the stately second homes of America’s most fashionable elite. Hollywood royalty like Ginger Rogers and Jimmy Stewart lived and played in these magnificent second homes. Situated on the east side of Lake Agawam, South Main Street cottagers fished, bicycled, sailed and walked to the beach and into the village throughout the summer season. Today all but five of these grand landmarks survive. Local author Sally Spanburgh uses her historical and architectural expertise to tell the stories behind the construction of these beautiful homes and their remarkable owners.