Wading River, New York

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Wading River is a hamlet (and census-designated place) in Suffolk County, New York, USA, on the North Shore of Long Island. As of the United States 2000 Census, the CDP population was 6,668.

Most of Wading River lies within the Town of Riverhead, however there is a small portion in the Town of Brookhaven. The name of the hamlet comes from the original Native American name for the area, Pauquaconsuk, meaning "the place where we wade for thick, round-shelled clams". The more simple translation of this descriptive native word, "Wading in the River" or Wading River was adopted by the first settlers.




The earliest records show a settlement known as Wading River was originally founded with eight families. "The spot for the village was chosen with care. There was a stream adequate for water power and abounding in seafood…good water for drinking…soil rich enough to grow essential crops, woodland for fuel, building material and food, topography to offer protection from the elements, meadowland for its grass."

Until 1947

Between 1895 and 1938, the Port Jefferson Branch of the Long Island Rail Road was extended to Wading River, and was once slated to continue eastward and rejoin the Main Line at either Riverhead, or Calverton. From 1905 to 1928, Wading River was also the site of an LIRR Demonstration farm. The other one was east of Medford Station on the Main Line. The Hamlet of Wading River had a year-round population of less than 500. But during the summer months hundreds of visitors filled the town utilizing Wildwood State Park, the cottages on the cliffs and dunes and, of course, the beaches.


This year was a landmark year of change for the sleepy little Hamlet; noteworthy accomplishments include the following:


Wading River is located at 40°57′9″N 72°49′48″W / 40.9525°N 72.83°W / 40.9525; -72.83 (40.952599, -72.829907)[1].

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