Photo of the Week
FROM THE SCHS LIBRARY ARCHIVES
“How shall we know it is us without our past?”
– John Steinbeck
Peconic Railroad Station, c. 1920s
by Wendy Polhemus-Annibell, Head Librarian
The Old Peconic Railroad Station, c. 1920s. (From the Collection of the Suffolk County Historical Society Library Archives. Copyright © Suffolk County Historical Society. All rights reserved.)
The hamlet of Peconic, originally known as Hermitage, had a railroad station as early as the 1840s along the Greenport LIRR line. The station built on the south side of the tracks also served as the post office, where Frank H. Overton and James B. Fanning served as postmasters. The station house is no longer standing, and the LIRR discontinued the Peconic stop in the 1970s.
Located on the North Fork between Cutchogue and Southold, early Peconic was home to the Old Grist Mill at Goldsmith Inlet and to a row of retired whaling captains on its Main Road, including the well-known Capt. Henry Green, who in his retirement years became a Peconic farmer. The hamlet also has the distinction (sometimes shared with Cutchogue) of being the place in New York State with the greatest number of sunny days.
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