Bay Shore, New York is located along the South Shore of central Long Island. It is one of the oldest hamlets on Long Island. The Sagtikos Manor, one of the first buildings in the area, was constructed in 1697 and was used as a British headquarters during the Revolutionary War. President Washington later stayed here during his tour of the island in 1790.
In 1708, the Bay Shore area land was purchased from the Secatogue Native Americans by a local school teacher named John Mowbray. He paid for the purchase with “several eel spears.”
The name of modern day Bay Shore has changed over time. It was originally called Penataquit, then Awixa, both Native American names. Then, in the early 1800s, it was changed to Sodom, then Mechanicsville, then back to Penataquit in 1849. However, because people had difficulty spelling the name, it was officially changed to Bay Shore in 1868.
The area quickly become name for its beachside resorts and shopping areas. Its role as a tourist destination continues today. In fact, visitors to the area will have no trouble finding great things to do in Bay Shore. Here is a snapshot of some of the most popular attractions.
Sagtikos Manor. For less than $10, you can take an extensive tour back through history at this majestic manor. The house is divided into three historical sections, one for the 1600s, 1700s, and 1900s.
Gardiner County Park. Take a nice stroll through this beautiful park and head down to the water. There is also a playground for children and a nice picnic area for an afternoon lunch.
Boulton Center for the Performing Arts. For an excellent live show featuring local talent, visit the Boulton Center.
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