At the end of Pocahontas Lane, off East Lake Drive, is Indian Field, a burial ground. The last piece of land owned by the Montauks on Long Island, Indian Field today sits surrounded by modern homes, but still retains a peaceful feel.
According to ancient custom, the Indians were buried here in a sitting position, in a circle relative to one another. Each grave is marked with a rough fieldstone.
The cemetery’s largest and only engraved stone belongs to Stephen Pharaoh, better known as Stephen Talkhouse, who died in 1879. A whaler, Civil War soldier, and the last of the Montauk sachems, Talkhouse was also a famous walker who charged 25 cents to carry a letter from Montauk to East Hampton. Talkhouse’s long legs enabled him to make the 35-mile round-trip journey in a day.
© Avalon Travel and Sascha Zuger from Moon New York State, 5th Edition