Seaford, New York

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Seaford is a census-designated place (CDP) in Nassau County, New York, United States. The population was 15,791 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Seaford is located at 40°40′7″N 73°29′33″W / 40.66861°N 73.4925°W / 40.66861; -73.4925 (40.668702, -73.492459)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.8 km²), of which, 2.6 square miles (6.7 km²) of it is land and 0.38% is water.

History

The vast land development began with the arrival of Captain John Seaman, a native of Seaford, England. After obtaining the patent for the area, Smith oversaw the creation of Jerusalem South, the first European name given to the town which was to become Seaford. It was also widely referred to as Seaman's Neck.

During the 19th century, as villages across Long Island started to grow (due to the creation of the Long Island Rail Road), the town of Jerusalem South seemed to be unaffected. In 1868 the town was then renamed to the current name of "Seaford," to honor Captain Seaman's home town in England. During this time, Seaford remained an agriculturally developed area. Over time, the town gained a post office, a church and a one-room school house (established in what would many years later become the first Seaford Fire Department building). Although the town itself was practically unchanged, many New York City residents had discovered that the area was attractive as a summer retreat. This was a trend in the region; many Long Island towns popular as summer residences, including Oyster Bay and others along the North and South shores.

With the creation of Sunrise Highway in 1929, Seaford started to see a large influx of inhabitants. Before 1929 Seaford had approximately 1,200 citizens. Within 25 years this number would triple[2].

Economy

Cash crops such as corn and wheat were some of the earliest farmed within the Seaford area. Due to easy access to various waterfronts the attempts to fish and recover oysters were widely seen. At first this was a hard task considering the layers of land beneath the water. In the mid-19th century, baymen from the Seaford area created a type of small, round-bottomed boat, called the Seaford Skiff, that was used for fishing and market gunning (commercial waterfowl hunting)[3].

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