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Village History

     Long before and well after the 1925 incorporation of Mill Neck Village, it has maintained a largely anonymous global and local presence. Situated on the North Shore's Oyster Bay, it has been a playground for the moguls of the Industrial Revolution, as well as playing a crucial role in the American Revolution.
     Mill Neck's history began during the 17th century colonizations of the Dutch and the British throughout what is now known as: New York City, Long Island, and Connecticut. The Dutch believed that the geographic flatlands and pastures were ideal for farming, resulting in their subsequent colonization of various areas throughout Long Island. Mill Neck's early history shows associations with both, Glen Cove and Oyster Bay areas, which was made up of large tracts of land or farms owned by Dutch and English families who purchased the land from the Matinecock Indians. As commerce and population grew throughout Nassau county, large tracts of land were continuously divided.
     The industrial revolution was largely responsible for Mill Neck's evolution from farming settlement to being the location of estates owned by some of New York's most prominent families. Many of the summer homes built by the industry moguls during the Gilded Era in Mill Neck are still standing today and mark the time in American history where commerce, opulence, and industry dominated all.