Ridge, New York

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Ridge is a census-designated place (CDP) in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 13,380 at the 2000 census.

Ridge is served by the Longwood Central School District.

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Geography

Ridge is located at 40°54′26″N 72°52′58″W / 40.90722°N 72.88278°W / 40.90722; -72.88278 (40.907128, -72.882909)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 13.6 square miles (35.1 km²), of which, 13.5 square miles (34.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.66%) is water.

Ridge is located at the northwestern end of the Long Island Pine Barrens Region and is referred to by a sign in the center of town as the "Gateway to the Pine Barrens."

History

The Longwood Estate

In 1693, William "Tangier" Smith, who owned a homestead in Setauket, New York, was allowed to purchase a large tract of land on the South Shore of Long Island in recognition of his being mayor of Tangier in Africa. The land, called St. George's Manor, stretched from the Carmans River (then called the Connecticut River) in the west to the edge of Southampton Town in the east with a northern border around present-day New York State Route 25, as much as 81,000 acres (328 km²) of land. He made his manor seat on the south shore in present-day Mastic, and the northern part, now the south side of Ridge, was called "The Swamp" or "Longswamp." A house wasn't built at Longswamp until after the American Revolution. In 1817, William Sydney Smith inhabited the house and changed the name to Longwood.

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