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FROM THE SCHS LIBRARY ARCHIVES
“How shall we know it is us without our past?”
– John Steinbeck
Aquebogue / Origin of Its Name
by Wendy Polhemus-Annibell, Head Librarian
Inlet and Meadows at Aquebogue, 1898, with Steeple Church in upper left, by Hal B. Fullerton. (From the Harry T. Tuthill Fullerton Collection of the Suffolk County Historical Society Library Archives. Image Copyright © Suffolk County Historical Society. All rights reserved.) [To view Hal B. Fullerton photograph, please visit www.suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org]
In the upper-left corner of this magnificent photograph of the inlet and meadows at Aquebogue, taken by Hal B. Fullerton in 1898, one can see the steeple of the historic Old Steeple Church. Aquebogue is a hamlet in Riverhead Town located about three miles east of downtown Riverhead. The hamlet includes land and meadows on the north side of Peconic Bay. These meadows were considered very valuable by the early European settlers. The place name first appears in two Indian deeds of 1648, but variations on the name were numerous: Occabock, Occobauk, Agabake, Ocquebank, Ahkobauk, Ackqueboug, Acquobouke, Hauquebaug, Occaquabauk, etc. With all these variations, the name resolved itself into Acque-baug, or Aquebogue, meaning “the end of the water place” or “head of the bay.”
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