Introduction to Port Jefferson, New York
Port Jefferson History
Once known as the Drowned Meadow because of the frequent floods that plagued the area, Port Jefferson was a major ship building community during its early years. In 1836, it was named Port Jefferson in honor of President Thomas Jefferson, who provided funds that were used to prevent flooding in the area. In the 1880s, Port Jefferson was a major whaling port. It was officially incorporated as a village in 1964.
Port Jefferson and nearby Attractions
- Long Island Museum
- Marshall Field III estate
- Mather House Museum
- Sherwood Island State Park
- Beardsley Zoological Gardens
- Maritime Aquarium
Things To Do In Port Jefferson
The Mather House Museum, located in Port Jefferson, showcases maritime and shipbuilding exhibits. The Long Island Museum, the Long Island Maritime Museum, the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum and the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum are some of the local museums. Marshall Field III estate, the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Park and Eagles Nest are all nearby as well. The Beardsley Zoological Gardens, Captain's Cove Seaport, Fire Island National Seashore and Sherwood Island State Park are some of the other popular attractions in the area.
Port Jefferson Transportation
Long Island Mac Arthur is the nearest major airport.
Port Jefferson Higher Education
Nearby colleges and universities include Stony Brook University, Suffolk County Community College-Ammerman Campus, Dowling College, Sacred Heart University and Saint Josephs College-Suffolk Campus.