Introduction to Yaphank, New York
Yaphank was originally named "Millville", due to the presence of two mills along the Carmen's River. These mills were established by John Homan in the mid 18th century. The first post office was established in 1846. The town was renamed "Yaphank" beacuse there were already several other towns with the same name in New York. Yaphank is Indian term meaning "bank of a river." The Long Island Rail Road arrived in 1843, and a railroad station was subsequently built in the area.
Yaphank and Nearby Attractions
- Cathedral Pine County Park
- Smith Point Park Beach
- Brookhaven Volunteer Fire Fighters Museum
- Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge
- Fire Island National Seashore
- BNL Science Museum
Things To Do In Yaphank
Yaphank is home to the South Haven County Park. The BNL Science Museum, Long Island Maritime Museum, and Bellport - Brookhaven Historical Society Museum showcase artifacts and memorabilia of historical importance. The Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Fire Island National Seashore, Robert Moses State Park, and Heckscher State Park are popular destinations in the area. The town is also home to several houses of worship including Saint Andrew Episcopal Church, Community Church, and Mary Church.
Long Island Mac Arthur Airport is the nearest major airport.
Yaphank Higher Education
Colleges close by include the Saint Josephs College - Suffolk Campus, Dowling College, and Suffolk County Community College - Ammerman Campus.