Township Of Islip

History Of The Township Of Islip

Islip approaches maturity, it remains a varied, beautiful and interesting place to live. Few suburbs encompass ocean beaches, sparkling bays, a beautiful lake, vistas of forest fields, canals and ponds, historic villages and innumerable architectural treasures.

For centuries, the Algonquin Indians inhabited Long Island. A sub-division of the Algonquins known as the Secatogues occupied all of the area in the Town of Islip. Their principal villages were at West Islip (Secatogue), Bay Shore (Penataquit) and Oakdale (Connetquot).

The Great South Bay also attracted wealthy tourists from New York City who built mansions, lodges and country clubs for their vacationing pleasure, several of which still stand today. Islip’s oldest deeded home, and site of an overnight stay by George Washington, is Sagtikos Manor in West Bay Shore. William Nicoll had St. John’s Episcopal Church in Oakdale built in 1765, so that early settlers and Native Americans who had become Christians had a place to worship. It is the oldest church still in active use on the South Shore.

William K. Vanderbilt’s estate is now the site of Dowling College in Oakdale. He commissioned the construction of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Islip (Montauk Highway) when his daughter announced her engagement. The estate of Commodore Bourne, founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Company, in Oakdale, is now the site of St. John’s University. The original South Side Sportsmen’s Club lodge still stands amid the beautiful grounds of Connetquot River State Park Preserve. This stately and important architectural structure is said to be what first attracted many of the noted personalities to the area.

By 1826 the federal government had erected the first Fire Island lighthouse. By the 1860s, David Sammis's Surf Hotel, located just east of the lighthouse, attracted hundreds of guests who arrived from New York City and the mainland by ferry, private boats and chartered sloops. To this day it remains the largest hotel ever built on Fire Island. The hotel industry was important to Islip’s economy throughout the 19th Century and for a good part of the 20th Century.

In 1844, the Long Island Railroad came to Islip Town. In 1868, the South Side Railroad was constructed to serve the hamlets on the bay and the area flourished. There was a flurry of building after World War I, but nothing like the population explosion and land development following World War II. Islip’s population exploded from 71,00 in 1950 to 278,000 in 1970.

Over the course of Islip’s heritage, it has changed from a subsistence farming economy in the early years, to a bustling fishing and tourism area in the 19th and 20th Centuries, to the “bedroom community” of the post World War II years, to its status today as a leader, where industry and community, providing a great place for its more than 300,000 residents to live, work and play.

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