St. James, New York

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St. James is a census-designated place (CDP) in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 13,268 at the 2000 census. St. James is part of the Town of Smithtown, New York, located on the North Shore of Long Island. The zip code is 11780.

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History

In the early 20th century, St. James was a popular vacation spot for glitterati of the stage and screen. Summer residents included Lionel, Ethel, and John Barrymore, Buster Keaton, Myrna Loy, and Irving Berlin, among others.

Noteworthy residents of the town have included Stanford White, architect; William Jay Gaynor, New York State Supreme Court Justice and Mayor of New York City; Willie Collier, actor and playwright; Mick Foley, Professional Wrestler; and Axella Johannesson, musician.

In 2005, the ABC show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition took place in St. James and was broadcast as the 23rd episode of season 2.

The St. James General Store, located on Moriches Road, is said to be the oldest, continuously operating general store in the United States. It and a number of other historic structures were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 as Saint James District.[1]

Many of these 19th century structures are located along New York State Route 25A, otherwise known as North Country Road. Among them is the Saint James Church, the source of the hamlet's name back when the 1873 St. James Rail Road Station was established. Although small, the historic station-house is the second-oldest on the Long Island Rail Road.

Geography

St. James is located at 40°52′38″N 73°9′19″W / 40.87722°N 73.15528°W / 40.87722; -73.15528 (40.877202, -73.155260)[2].

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