A Weekend By the Water
by Liza Laserow
Went out to Greenport, New York during 4th of July. We stayed at a small hotel (only 4 rooms) right on the water. The first picture is taken from the hotel’s door step. It was heavenly to leave the hot and humid city and go for a 7 am swim, wake up with an ocean view and at night eat fresh steamed lobster on the pier.
A short history of Greenport
In the mid 1600s, a group of colonists from New Haven, Connecticut crossed Long Island Sound and settled in the township of Southold, which includes what is now the Village of Greenport. Greenport has been known by several different names including Winter Harbor, Stirling, and Green Hill but at a public meeting in 1831, the town got the name Greenport.
Thanks to its deep and protected harbor, it became a major whaling port between 1795 and 1859 and also enjoyed a bustling shipbuilding industry . By the mid 1800s thousands of people ware employed thanks to the large fishing industry. In 1844 the Long Island Railroad arrived and was a driving force in the development of Greenport and the North Fork as local farmers used the railroad to ship their harvest to markets.
During the first half of the 20th century Greenport became a huge oystering center and at one point there were over a dozen oyster processing plants in town. As the oyster industry began to shrink, the Village turned its attention towards tourism and has now developed into a vibrant destination for visitors from all over the world. In 2011, Forbes magazine named Greenport one of the prettiest towns in the United States.