Stephen Talkhouse was a whaler, Civil War soldier, and the last of the Montauk sachems. He was also a famous walker who charged 25 cents to carry a letter from Montauk to East Hampton. His long legs enabled him to make the 35-mile round-trip journey in a day as well as 25-50 mile daily round trip walks from Montauk, New York to East Hampton and Sag Harbor. Landmarks along the route have been named for him. Part of his route has been commemorated as part of the Paumanok Path
He was said to be a descendant of Chief Wyandanch, who sold much of the eastern end of Long Island to Lion Gardiner.
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.
He is buried in a small Indian burial ground on Talkhouse Lane off East Lake Drive in Montauk, now located within Theodore Roosevelt County Park. The remains of his home are also located there.
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 Talkhouse