Introduction to Mount Sinai, New York
Mount Sinai History
Colonial settlers purchased land from Native Americans and established a community here in 1664. At that time, the area was referred to as Old Mans. A number of farms and businesses were soon set up in the area. In 1840, when the residents wanted to establish a post office in the community, its name was changed from Old Mans to Mt. Vernon. However, since another town of the same name already existed in New York, Charles Phillips, the town’s first postmaster, named the community Mount Sinai after the biblical location. Until the 1960s, farming was the main occupation of the residents of Mount Sinai. The community's economy is also dependent on shipping and other trades and commerce.
Mount Sinai and nearby Attractions
- Long Island Maritime Museum
- Jennings Beach
- Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Park
- Cedar Beach
- Fire Island National Seashore
- Atlantis Marine World Aquarium
Things To Do In Mount Sinai
Mount Sinai offers access to Jennings Beach and Cedar Beach. The Long Island Museum, the Suffolk County Historical Society, the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, and the Long Island Maritime Museum are the local museums. Eagles Nest, which is the estate of William K. Vanderbilt, is a historic site located nearby. The Fire Island National Seashore features over 30 miles of beach, public marinas, nature trails and camping facilities. Sherwood Island State Park, located on Long Island Sound, also includes a beach, a nature center, picnic areas and nature trails. Visitors can also enjoy fishing, swimming and scuba diving here. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the Spring Lake Golf Club or at the Great Rock Golf Club.
Mount Sinai Transportation
Long Island Mac Arthur is the closest major airport.
Mount Sinai Higher Education
Nearby colleges include Suffolk County Community College-Ammerman Campus, Saint Josephs College-Suffolk Campus, Sacred Heart University and Dowling College.