Boardwalk - Northport, New York  by © Sophie W. Smith

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Feature #33 > March 2nd, 2013 Journal Entry

Besides all other historic data, Northport is important to us, because many years ago, my husband and I had our first date, and later we were married here too. Our peaceful, happy, and fulfilled life together started right here in Northport.

Northport is a village in Suffolk County, New York, United States, situated along New York State Route 25A in the Town of Huntington, on Long Island’s North Shore.

European settlement

The original inhabitants of the area now known as Northport were the Matinecocks, one of 13 Native American tribes of Long Island. The Matinecocks called this land Opcathontyche, which meant “wading place creek”.2 After Dutch interest a few years earlier, the land was sold by Chief Asharoken, head of the Matinecocks, to three Englishmen in 1656.3

With land that was well suited for farming, the early settlers grazed cattle on pastures around the harbor. The area soon became known as Great Cow Harbor.4 (The nearby hamlet of Centerport was known as Little Cow Harbor.) The oldest house still standing in Northport, the Skidmore House on Main Street, was built in 1761. In 2009 the house was put up for sale, sparking the village to pass a historical preservation law. Read more

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  • RGHunt
    RGHuntover 1 year ago


  • Thank you so much! It is much appreciated! Have a great weekend!

    – © Sophie W. Smith

  • Otto Danby II
    Otto Danby IIover 1 year ago

    Beautiful image Sophie, love your B&W work.

  • Otto Danby II
    Otto Danby IIover 1 year ago

    Oops, and congratulations on your feature, well deserved.

  • Thank you very much Otto! :o)

    – © Sophie W. Smith

  • Linda Lees
    Linda Leesover 1 year ago

    A nice b&w seaside photograph. Well done Sophie

  • Thank you Linda.

    – © Sophie W. Smith

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 1 year ago

  • Evita
    Evitaover 1 year ago

    Beautiful place, fabulous capture !!! ☺♥

  • Thank you Evita, so glad you like it. :)

    – © Sophie W. Smith

  • TraySays
    TraySays11 months ago

    Beautiful capture of one of my favorite spots!

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