Kings Park
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Nestled amidst a major commuter train line, a state highway, and picture-perfect views of the Long Island Sound and Nissequogue River, Kings Park balances its small-town feel with an excitingly diverse community vibrancy. Kings Park emerged in the late 19th century as the product of a utopian-inspired farm and the first state psychiatric hospital on Long Island. The community has diverse origins, with its foundation built upon thousands of incoming Irish and Italian immigrant workers and an orphanage for African American children. Throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries, Kings Park gradually evolved into a contemporary Long Island suburb, rebuilding after a traumatic downtown fire in 1917, reaping the benefits of one of the North Shore’s largest state parks (Sunken Meadow), and blossoming into a bustling family-oriented place.
Arcadia Publishing
: 9781467126496
: Arcadia Publishing
: 07/17/2017
: New York
: Images of America
: 180 Black And White
: 128
: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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Bradley Harris is the Smithtown town historian, Joshua Ruff is director of collections and interpretation at the Long Island Museum, and Marianne Howard is the executive director of the Smithtown Historical Society. Together, they have selected over 180 vintage images from the archives of the Smithtown Historical Society, the Kings Park Heritage Museum, the Smithtown Public Library, and the collections of other local individuals and institutions.
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