Introduction to Plainedge, New York
In the late 17th century, the area was known as Massapequa. William Frost and Thomas Powell purchased most of the land. Initially, the community was a rural one, dependent largely on farming of cattle and poultry. By the early 1800s, the area had a school district. It experienced major growth during the housing boom after World War II. By 1960, there were around 6,000 homes in the community. It was named Plainedge due to its location adjacent to a prairie.
Plainedge and nearby Attractions
- African American Museum
- Belmont Lake State Park
- Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site
- Long Island Children's Museum
- Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge
- Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
Things To Do In Plainedge
The Roslyn Grist Mill, Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Park and Marshall Field III estate are some of the nearby historical sites. The African American Museum, the Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, the Nassau County Museum of Art and the Hofstra Museum showcase are the local museums. Jones Beach State Park features 6.5 miles of ocean beach. It also offers fishing, swimming, boating, picnicking and golfing opportunities.
John F. Kennedy International is the closest major airport.
Plainedge Higher Education
Colleges near Plainedge include the SUNY College of Technology at Farmingdale, the New York Institute of Technology-Old Westbury, Hofstra University and Nassau Community College.