Introduction to Northport, New York
The Matinecock tribe of Native Americans originally inhabited this region which they called "Opcathontyche", meaning "wading place creek". The head of the tribe, Chief Asharoken, sold the land to Englishmen in 1656. The settlers used the area for farming and cattle grazing, earning it the name "Great Cow Harbor". In the 1830s, the shipbuilding industry flourished leading to the name being changed to "Northport". A station for the Long Island Railroad was established in Northport on April 25th, 1868. The village was officially incorporated in 1894.
Northport and Nearby Attractions
- Northport Historical Museum
- Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
- Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge
- Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
- Northport Memorial Park
Things To Do In Northport
Artifacts and memorabilia depicting the cultural and historical background of the village are displayed in the Northport Historical Museum. Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, Huntington Historical Society, and Jewish Sports Hall of Fame also showcase exhibits which depict the region's heritage. Northport Memorial Park is a popular park where activities like fishing, picnicking, biking, boating, horseback riding, and hiking can be enjoyed. Similar activities are available at Belmont Lake State Park, Bethpage State Park, and Hempstead Lake State Park. Fire Island National Seashore, another popular place to visit, features over 30 miles of beach and includes camping sites, nature trails, and public marinas.
Long Island Mac Arthur Airport is the nearest major airport.
Northport Higher Education
Colleges close to Northport are Dowling College, New York Institute of Technology - Central Islip, Long Island University - Brentwood, and SUNY Stony Brook.