“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Bay Shore in Suffolk County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Bay Shore

A Historic Community on the Great South Bay

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By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 23, 2017
1. Bay Shore Marker
Inscription.  Bay Shore and the surrounding area, were called Penataquit, meaning "crooked creek," by the Secatogue Indians. In 1708, Queen Anne of England validated John Mowbray's purchase of the area from the Secatogues. Mowbray, a tailor and teacher from Southampton, is said to have paid for the land with "several eel spears." Early colonists earned their living harvesting fish, oysters, and salt hay. By 1776, area artisans had earned a reputation for building fine, small boats, many of which were used against the British in the Revolutionary War.

In 1862, regular Bay Shore to Fire Island ferry service began. During the 1880s, Bay Shore became known as the "Garden Spot of Long Island" with the start of rail service carrying throngs of tourists to this seaside community of hotels, horse-drawn carriages, gas-lit streets, summer estates and sailing boats. Briefly, from 1915 to 1916, Bay Shore was a silent film industry center. After World War II, Bay Shore's summer tourists were replaced with permanent residents, as families fled the crowded city for the suburbs.

Today, Bay Shore is enjoying a renaissance, with Touro College's new campus, an

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expanded YMCA, and the revitalization of its down-town. Watchogue Creek Park is a new community gathering place for concerts and events. Three centuries after its founding, this hamlet, located on the widest part of the Great South Bay, maintains its rich maritime heritage and architectural charm. It's a place where residents and visitors can enjoy a stroll, savor the catch of the day at a local restaurant, take a boat ride or simply gaze across the bay at the historic Fire Island Lighthouse.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1708.
Location. 40° 42.651′ N, 73° 14.491′ W. Marker is in Bay Shore, New York, in Suffolk County. Marker is on South Clinton Avenue south of Bayview Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bay Shore NY 11706, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Still on Patrol (a few steps from this marker); The Silent Service (a few steps from this marker); The United States Life-Saving Service on Fire Island (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bay Shore 1695 (approx. ¾ mile away); Dr. George S. King Park (approx. ¾ mile away); Site of Vitagraph Company of America (approx. one mile away); "Lady with the Torch"
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(approx. 1.1 miles away); Doxsee Clam Factory (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bay Shore.
More about this marker. The marker is set in an informational kiosk in Bay Shore Manor Park (Bay Shore Marina), on the north side of the parking lot.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2017. It was originally submitted on December 3, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 148 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 3, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.

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