Smithtown Community

Smithtown Community

Smithtown, NY was first settled around 1665. Local legend has it that after rescuing a Native American Chief's kidnapped daughter, Richard Smith was told that the Chief would grant title to all of the land Smith could encircle in one day - on a bull. Richard Smith chose to ride the bull on the longest day of the year (summer solstice) - to enable him to ride longer "in one day". The land he acquired in this way is said to approximate the current town's location. There is a large statue of Smith's bull, known as Whisper, at the fork of Jericho Turnpike (New York State Route 25) and St. Johnland Road (New York State Route 25A). Smithtown originally was known as "Smithfield."

The border between Smithtown and the Town of Huntington is partially defined by Bread and Cheese Hollow Road (Suffolk County Road 4), so named after Bread and Cheese hollow, which according to legend is where Smith stopped on his ride to have a lunch of bread and cheese. The road is reputed to follow part of his original ride.

Smithtown has convenient shopping located on Route 25 (Main Street) with Regional shopping centers, including the Smith Haven Mall, located on Jericho Tpk and Route 347. Public Transportation to New York City is provided by the Port Jefferson Branch of the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) which is located just off Route 25 (Main Street).

Smithtown residents enjoy many nearby entertainment and recreational options including AMC Loews Theaters (Stony Brook 17), bowling at the AMF Smithtown Lanes, Bobs Canoe Rental along the Nisseqougue River, National Amusements Commack Multiplex Cinemas in Commack and live Theater at the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts.

Smithtown is noted for its great schools, numerous parks, and natural beauty. Its local beaches provide scenic tranquility that is enjoyed by the members of the community year-round. Smithtown township has recreational facilities that boast 22 Parks, 4 beaches, 3 boat ramps and a dock. Additionally, the Landing Avenue Country Club has a golf course and swimming pools.