Ever since the Town gave the go-ahead in 2010, owners Bill Campbell and Simon Critchell have been working to restore Topping Rose House to its former glory, while transforming the property into a modern luxury refuge right in the heart of The Hamptons. Acclaimed chef Tom Colicchio has agreed not only to create the restaurant but also to operate the property, a first for him. Tom has enlisted the help of seasoned luxury hotelier, Jeff Morgan, to run day-to-day operations. Abraham Topping Rose was an accomplished, wealthy and well-known man in the community. The son of a local doctor and Revolutionary War surgeon, he was born in Bridgehampton in 1792, attending local schools before earning a law degree from Yale in 1814. Rose went to work for the New York City District Attorney’s office after graduation. In 1823 he met and married Eliza Van Gelder, the daughter of the former city mayor. The couple decided to move to Bridgehampton shortly thereafter to raise a family. They had six children. An accomplished musician and avid hunter, Rose worked as a local attorney until becoming a County Judge in 1847. He resigned a month before his death in 1857. The family moved out of the house not long after. In 1870, the Sag Harbor branch of the Long Island Railroad was completed, transforming the sleepy farming community into a summer destination for city dwellers. By the turn of the century, the Rose mansion had become the summer residence of Henry Corwith, a wealthy Manhattan businessman in the knit goods trade. Corwith and his family continued to live at the house into the 1930s. Thereafter, it became the site of a series of popular restaurants and inns. Its current owners bought the property in 2005. Construction of Topping Rose House began in earnest in 2011 to be completed in the summer of 2012, adding a new and unique chapter to the long history of the crossroads at Bulls Head, Bridgehampton.
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