Inside a Historic Home in Sag Harbor

Records from the New York State Historical Association recount that the first American flag featuring white stars in a blue field was designed not by Betsy Ross but by members of a Third New York Regiment company led by John Hulbert, then a captain and later a colonel in the colonial armed forces. In the lush front yard of this timeless home on Captains Row—one of two built by Hulbert in Sag Harbor in the late 1700s—a plaque at the base of a flagpole proclaims that legacy, declaring that Hulbert “designed and carried the first stars and stripes as their official flag during the Revolutionary War.”

Sag Harbor, New York | Rylan Jacka, Sotheby’s International Realty – East Hampton Brokerage

Were Hulbert alive today, he would surely be delighted by the meticulous preservation of his home and the careful attention paid to its classical details—including a stately iron front yard gate, the handsome wood shingles, the breezy covered porch, and rugged interior ceiling beams.

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