Dix Hills in Suffolk County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Central Long Island
Historic New York
The first settlers came from New England and in 1653 established Huntington. Settlements spread along the north shore and early in the 18th century to the south shore. Many of the newcomers obtained rights to their land from Wyandanch, a famous sachem of the Montauk Indians. Later, a few favored individuals acquired large landholdings to form St. George and Sagtikos manors.
During the American Revolution, the British controlled Long Island using it as a base for operations against the mainland. Patriot spies under Abraham Woodhull obtained information about enemy maneuvers. American forces harassed the British from land and sea, capturing the outposts Fort St. George (Mastic) in 1780 and Fort Salonga (near Northport) in 1781.
The scrublands of the area supplied quantities of firewood. Salt hay was harvested in shore marshes, and baymen brought in great loads of oysters and clams from ocean waters. Local industries were established in port villages, and the coming of the Long Island Railroad in the 1840’s aided their development. Aircraft production began early in the 20th century and became a leading industry.
Erected 1967 by New York State Education Department and Department of Public Works.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Historic New York State series list.
Location. 40° 48.178′ N, 73° 19.002′ W. Marker is in Dix Hills, New York, in Suffolk County. Marker is on Long Island Expressway (Interstate 495), on the right when traveling east. Marker is located in a parking area on the eastbound Long Island Expressway, just past exit 51. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Huntington Station NY 11746, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Central Long Island (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Coltrane Home (approx. half a mile away); Long Island Motor Parkway (approx. 1˝ miles away); Squaw Pit Purchase (approx. 1.8 miles away); Dix Hills (approx. 1.8 miles away); Baldwin Carriage House (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named Long Island Motor ParkwayHalf Hollow School (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dix Hills.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 5, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 401 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 5, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.