Money Magazine calls Northport one of the 100 Best Places to Live and Launch. You can dock your boat at one end of Main Street, cross over the old trolley tracks to walk and shop, dine at one of the many restaurants and then catch a show at the Engeman Theater at the other end of Main Street. Thankfully, those of us without a boat can still enjoy all that Northport has to offer!
A newspaper article from The NY Herald, dated Sept. 28, 1889 talks about picturesque Northport and what a wonderful place it is to spend the summer season. Although then it was reached by a steamer winding its way along the shoreline stopping at harbors along the way. What caught my interest was the reference to all the houses alongside Northport Harbor owned by sea captains. You can still see some of these old homes as you travel north on Woodbine/Bayview Avenue.
Referred to earlier as Cow Harbor, after the village shifted from its farming roots to become a major shipbuilding community in the early 1900′s the village became known as Northport. The shipbuilding boom lasted about 50 years and during that time many famous ships were built including a famous schooner, the Jesse Carll Shipbuilder, which set a new transatlantic sailing record for the time.
Every September the Village of Northport commemorates its rich history with the celebration of Cow Harbor Day, which follow the annual Great Cow Harbor 10k Run.
Northport is a Village within the Town of Huntington. An easy hour commute into New York City makes this an ideal choice for those who work in the City, and yet want to live in a town which has preserved its Victorian character.