Contained in this collection are histories of Towns and Villages in Suffolk County and Nassau County. In New York State, Towns are large geographic and administrative subdivisions of Counties. They also include many Villages (incorporated and unincorporated). On Long Island proper, there are currently three Towns in Nassau County: Hempstead, North Hempstead, and Oyster Bay. To the east, Suffolk County includes ten Towns: Huntington, Babylon, Smithtown, Islip, Brookhaven, Riverhead, Southold, Southampton, Shelter Island, and East Hampton.
The Town center is often, though not always, located in a Village of the same name. There are often overlapping gray areas between such Town and Village histories. Such histories are often mutually supportive to some degree. The case of Brookhaven is a somewhat extreme example. The Village of Setauket, founded in 1655 and also originally known as Brookhaven, was initially the Town’s administrative center, and the Town was given the same name (Brookhaven). The administrative center later moved to the Villages of Coram, Patchogue, and currently Farmingville. Meanwhile, the north shore village of Setauket became simply Setauket, NY, and a new Village of Brookhaven, NY grew up near the south shore. Both are located in Brookhaven Town.
Written on the title page:
"A Sermon, containing a general history of the town of East-Hampton, (L.I.) From its first settlement to the present time. Delivered at East-Hampton, January 1, 1806.
By Lyman Beecher, Pastor at the church in that place.
Printed by Alden Spooner.
Originally published in Vol. XXXI, No. 2 (Dec. 1885) of "The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine".
Title page reads: "Historical Sketch Of Sayville, L.I. At The Centennial Celebration. July 4, 1876. By John Wood, Esq."
Written by Hon. George Miller, and read by T.M. Griffing, Esq., at the Centennial Celebration, July 4, 1876.
Page 4: "This picture book is a continuation of my previously published book, Patchogue, the early years. It shows the development of our community in the 20th century using available pictures, covering the years between 1900 and 2006."