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History of Sayville
Postcards of Sayville's Past
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The area we live in now was inhabited by the Secatogue Tribe of the Algonquin Nation. There were thirteen tribes on long island. The name Secatogue means "black meadow lands". The Secatogue Indians were mostly peaceful and friendly, and showed the first settlers how to plant potatoes, sweet corn, squash, and other native American crops.
In the Great South Bay is the hard clam, called by the Indians "quahaug." The dark purple spot on the clam shell was carved into cylindrical beads and strung on sinews, called "wampum".

The First Settlers

In 1655 settlers from Connecticut landed in what is now Setauket, long island. At that time long island was considered to be part of the Connecticut colony.

In 1697 William Nicoll received land from William III. The land was from the Connetquot River to Namkee Creek (which separates Bayport from Bluepoint), north to Lake Ronkonkoma, and south to the Great South Bay. Sayville, Bayport, West Sayville, Oakdale, Bohemia, and part of Holbrook, became part of the Nicoll estate, but the bay and Fire Island remained in Brookhaven.

The First Settlers in Sayville

John Edwards was born in 1738 in Easthampton. He was a tailor by trade. After returning home from the French and Indian war, he saw the beautiful country along the Great South Bay at Sayville and decided to return here and make it his home.
In 1761 John Edwards and his wife Sarah built the first home in Sayville. Today it would have been located on the corner of Foster Ave. and Edwards Street. In 1913 the home was destroyed by fire. In 1785 Matthew Edwards, the son of John Edwards, built a house on what is now the corner of Gillette Ave. and Edwards Street. In 1838 Matthew's son James moved the house to the corner of Collins Ave. and Edwards Street. This is now the home of the Sayville Historical Society, founded in 1944.


Edwards Homestead

Source for the History about Sayville:
Book Title: A History of the Sayville Community
By Charles P. Dickerson

For more information about the History of Sayville, this book is in the Sayville Library 974.72D

Funeral Reenactment at St. Ann's Cemetery in Sayville
sayville.com - May , 2012

Timothy Butler
Funeral Reenactment was held at St. Ann's Cemetery in Sayville for Civil War Major General Philippe Regis Denis de Keredern de Trobriand
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Brother, Can You Spare a Dollar?
sayville.com - April , 2012

Courtney Takats
Thom Hoffman, who spoke in as well as created this poignant film, attended the showing that evening, and proved to be incredibly sociable.
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Ginny Fields Historical Program at Sayville's Edward's Homestead
sayville.com - April , 2012

Ed Neale
On April 15, at the Edward's Homestead, Ginny Fields gave an illustrated talk accompaniedwith slides about the work that she has been doing for many years in Oakdale.
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Sayville Historical Society presents the History of the Edwards Family In Sayville
sayville.com - April , 2012

Olivia Coley-Bishop
Last Sunday, April 1st, the Sayville Historical Society presented their 2nd annual program honoring the Edwards Family and their life in Sayville
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First Ladies of the United States, a Gene Horton Presentation
sayville.com - March , 2012

Courtney Takats
On March 18th at the Sayville Historical Society, Gene Horton served as the knowledgeable instructor who would speak about the spectrum of United States' first ladies in the 20th century.
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Sayville Historical Society Presented "Farming through the Ages"
sayville.com - February , 2012

Ed Neale
The Sayville Historical Society presented a program by Mr. Roy Fedelem, on February 19th, on the subject of "Farming through the Ages"
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Sayville Historical Society presents George Munkenbeck and Historic St. John's Church
sayville.com - February , 2012

Olivia Coley-Bishop
Last Sunday, February 5th, at the Sayville Library, George Munkenbeck, a historian with the Sayville Historical Society, gave a fascinating presentation on St. John's Church and the Ludlow Nicoll family
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Civil War Ball at Frank Brush Barn
sayville.com - February , 2012

Jeff McLary
This past September I had the pleasure of reporting on the Civil War Encampment that took place over the course of a weekend at The Grange here in Sayville.
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Bay Houses on Long Island
sayville.com - February , 2012

Courtney Takats
At 7:00pm on January 26 at the Sayville library, speaker Nancy Solomon treated the audience to a talk about the various bay houses that have existed
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West Sayville Radio Towers and their Role in History
sayville.com - January , 2012

Courtney Takats
At 2:00pm on January 15th at the Sayville library, an orator named Connie Currie spoke about the history of the West Sayville Radio Towers and the role they have played in local and global history.
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A Vineyard in Sayville A Story
sayville.com - January , 2012

Grace Papagno
Loughlin Vineyards now produces 1,000 cases (12 bottles to the case) of four varieties of wine per year.
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18th Annual Holiday House Tour
sayville.com - December , 2011

Jeff McLary
On Sunday, December 18th the Sayville Historical Society directed it's 18th annual Holiday House Tour, with six magnificent Sayville homes on display
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Women's Suffrage: A Dream Fulfilled at the Sayville Historical Society
sayville.com - November , 2011

Courtney Takats
At 2:00pm on November 6, a group called "The League of Women Voters" came to The Sayville Historical Society to perform a play entitled, "Women's Suffrage: A Dream Fulfilled."
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Growing Up In Sayville: John Wells Reminisces
sayville.com - October , 2011

Jeff McLary
If, like me, you enjoy taking a look at life in Sayville during a by-gone era, then there's nothing like getting a first- hand account of it from someone who was actually there.
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Sayville is 250 Years Young! Sayville Historical Society's 250th Anniversary Party in the Park
sayville.com - October , 2011

Ginnie Moore
On Saturday, October 1, 2011, Sayville celebrated their 250th Anniversary
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