Introduction to Fort Salonga, New York
Fort Salonga History
During the Revolutionary War, a British fort was located near the border of Smithtown and Huntington Township and was known as Fort Salonga, or Fort Slongo; it was named in honor of one of the fort's architects. Later, the community adopted this name. Following the Civil War, the brickwork industry thrived due to an abundance of rich red clay. In the late 19th century, the Brown family operated the Brown's Best Bricks company. Fort Salonga is now a census-designated area in the county.
Fort Salonga and Nearby Attractions
- Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Park
- Huntington Historical Society
- Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
- Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge
- Sunken Meadow State Park
- Maritime Aquarium
Things To Do In Fort Salonga
Northport Historical Museum, Long Island Museum, and Huntington Historical Society showcase the natural and cultural history of the region. Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, situated in William K. Vanderbilt II's estate, includes a planetarium as well as a natural history and marine museum. Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum features displays on 19th century whaling and scrimshaw. Fire Island National Seashore has over 30 miles of beach, nature trails, public marinas, and camping sites. The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium has the largest living collection of New York's freshwater fish, amphibians, and reptiles. Sunken Meadow State Park, Belmont Lake State Park, and Robert Moses State Park are popular parks in the area.
Fort Salonga Transportation
The closest major airport is Long Island Mac Arthur Airport.
Fort Salonga Higher Education
Long Island University - Brentwood, SUNY Stony Brook, and New York Institute of Technology - Central Islip are the nearby colleges.