Port Jefferson, New York

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The Incorporated Village of Port Jefferson is located in the town of Brookhaven in Suffolk County, New York on the North Shore of Long Island. As of the 2000 United States Census, the village population was 7,837. The small town is home to several unique restaurants and shops, and has a growing tourism industry.

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Geography

Port Jefferson is located at 40°56′46″N 73°03′44″W / 40.946103°N 73.062224°W / 40.946103; -73.062224[1], on the North Shore of Long Island. According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.9 km2), of which, 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2) of it (0.98%) is water.

Port Jefferson Harbor is a natural deep water harbor on the North Shore of Long Island. Setauket Harbor branches off to the east from the Harbor. One notable geographic feature is Pirate's Cove, a small cove dredged in the early 20th century by the Seaboard Dredging Company. The original name was Seaboard Hole, but it was changed for the sake of appealing to tourists. Several large sand dunes (artificially created by the dredging) are found here.

History

The original settlers bought a tract of land from the Setauket Indians in the mid-17th century.[2] The traditional name is referred to as Sowassett or Souwassett in Long Island histories, meaning "at the place of small pines", however there is evidence to suggest this and the neighboring Poquott were a corruption of Poquossett, meaning "where (water) it opens out or widens, i.e., drowns the land", seemingly confirmed by the later name of the area, "Drowned Meadow".[3][4]

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