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Sayville, New York

Sayville is a hamlet and census-designated place in Suffolk County, New York, United States. Located on the South Shore of Long Island in the Township of Islip, the population of the CDP was 16,853 at the time of the 2010 census.

Sayville, New York
The Great South Bay at Sayville Sunset
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Sayville
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Coordinates:40°44′47″N73°4′52″W /40.74639°N 73.08111°W /40.74639; -73.08111Coordinates: 40°44′47″N73°4′52″W /40.74639°N 73.08111°W /40.74639; -73.08111
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountySuffolk
Area
• Total5.4 sq mi (13.9 km2)
• Land5.3 sq mi (13.7 km2)
• Water0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation
20 ft (6 m)
Population
• Total16,853
• Density3,100/sq mi (1,200/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
• Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
11782
Area code(s)631
FIPS code36-65409
GNIS feature ID0964554

Contents

The earliest known inhabitants of Sayville were the Secatogue tribe of the Algonquian peoples.

Sayville was founded by John Edwards (b. 1738) of East Hampton, New York. He built his home, the first in Sayville, in 1761, located at what is now the northwest corner of Foster Avenue and Edwards Street. The house was destroyed by fire in March 1913. Another man, John Greene, settled what is now known as West Sayville in 1767.

The community had no formal name until 1838 when residents gathered to choose a name for their post office, which had opened on March 22, 1837. Until that time, Sayville was known informally as "over south." The townspeople held a meeting to decide on a name, and after Edwardsville and Greensville tied in a vote, one resident suggested "Seaville". According to historical accounts, the clerk at that particular meeting did not know how to spell and had to go home and look in an old Bible he had brought from England years before. In the Bible, the word "sea" was spelled "s-a-y",[dubiousdiscuss][need quotation to verify] and "Sayville" became the name he sent to Washington. After the error was discovered, the community sent a letter of protest to Washington D.C.; however, the Postmaster General responded that the name should stay "Sayville", as there were many "Seaville"s in the world but no "Sayville"s. As a result, the name stuck. The claim is also sometimes made that "in some very old Bibles, the town name is also spelled 'S-a-v-i-l-l-e'"., It may be noted that until the early 19th Century, it was common in many varieties of English to pronounce "sea" so that it rhymed with "obey", and thus "Sayville" could have been a phonetic representation of how some speakers would have pronounced "Seaville."

South Face of Meadow Croft

Sayville became important mainly for its timber and oysters. Beginning in 1868, when the South Side Railroad arrived, the hamlet became a summer tourist destination. Over 30 hotels were built in the area, which hosts a ferry to Fire Island. Between 1880 and 1930, many grand homes and estates were built in Sayville, including Meadow Croft, the home of John Ellis Roosevelt, a cousin of Theodore Roosevelt. Meadow Croft still stands and is part of Suffolk County's San Souci Lakes Nature Preserve.

In 1912 a German Telefunken wireless transmitter was built in Sayville (now West Sayville) to broadcast to Germany. In 1915 the transmitter allegedly relayed a message from the German embassy to "get Lucy", referring to the RMS Lusitania which was sunk on May 15.[citation needed] Whether the signals coming from the transmitter in Sayville authorized the attack or not, they caused concern for the US government, which dispatched Marines to ensure that encrypted messages were not sent. The station was seized by the government outright after war was declared in 1917. President Woodrow Wilson sent a contingent of Marines to seize the wireless station, making it the first hostile action taken by the United States against Germany during World War I.

The elaborate home of the late "Father Divine" on Macon Avenue in Sayville

From 1919 to 1932 Sayville was home to Father Divine, a controversial African American religious leader who claimed to be God. His religious movement, which came to be called the International Peace Mission movement, managed a commune-like house on 72 Macon Avenue, which was the first black-owned residence in Sayville. At that time Sayville was predominantly a seasonal resort, and Father Divine's followers made good livings as native house sitters. Because followers turned over all of their profits to Father Divine, he was able to build several expansions on the house. He even bought an expensive Cadillac when neighbors complained about his noisy Hudson automobile.

Father Divine's ostentation annoyed the middle-class residents. Excess traffic that Father Divine attracted made him unpopular even to businesses he patronized with large cash purchases. Following a June 1932 trial and prison sentence for disturbing the peace, Father Divine moved to Harlem, New York, claiming that Sayville was racist. However, the commune remained on Macon Avenue for many years. Father Divine occasionally preached in Sayville afterward, but the home was only an outpost of his movement, not its headquarters.

In 1994, California State University at Fresno designated Sayville the "friendliest town in America".

Sayville is the embarkation point for ferries to the Fire Island communities of Cherry Grove and Fire Island Pines, both popular vacation communities for LGBT New Yorkers, as well as to Sailors Haven, which includes the Sunken Forest. The Sayville train station is on the Montauk branch of the Long Island Rail Road and has connections to the ferries via taxi and van services

The Sayville School District consists of one high school, one middle school, and three elementary schools. The high school is located in West Sayville on Brook Street. The middle school is located on Johnson Avenue. The elementary schools are on Sunrise Drive, Lincoln Avenue, and Cherry Avenue, named after their respective streets. Lincoln and Sunrise Elementary Schools are both located in Sayville. Cherry Avenue Elementary School is located in West Sayville. Parts of Sayville attend Connetquot School District.

The area is served by the Sayville Public Library, located at 88 Greene Ave (ZIP code 11782-2723)

The area is served by the Sayville post office, located at 130 Greene Avenue (ZIP code 11782-2723).

The community borders the Great South Bay. Sayville is located at 40°44′47″N73°4′52″W /40.74639°N 73.08111°W /40.74639; -73.08111 (40.746282, -73.081112).

The hamlet is bordered by the bay to the south, Sunrise Highway to the north, Brown Creek to the east, and Greenes Creek to the west.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Sayville CDP has a total area of 5.4 square miles (13.9 km2). 5.3 square miles (13.7 km2) of it is land and 0.077 square miles (0.2 km2) of it (1.21%) is water.

Sayville is also home to the Sayville National Wildlife Refuge a 127-acre refuge opreated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Sayville Fire Department along Lincoln Avenue just north of Montauk Highway.
Community Ambulance Company on Swayze Street just west of Railroad Avenue in 2012. The company moved to 420 Lakeland Avenue in October 2014.

Sayville is covered by the Sayville Fire Department, a New York State-designated fire district. The Sayville Fire Department is the volunteer fire department agency employed by the Sayville Fire District to provide fire protection for this area. This agency responds to all fire-related emergencies and motor vehicle crashes with personal injury, as well as numerous other emergency incidents within the borders of the Sayville Fire District. The Sayville Fire Department is a certified New York State fire department.

Sayville receives emergency medical services from Community Ambulance Company Inc. This volunteer ambulance company responds to all medical emergencies within the Sayville, West Sayville, Bayport, Bohemia, and Oakdale area. They are a certified New York State Department of Health, Emergency Medical Service agency that provides Advanced Life Support (ALS) care.

As of the census of 2000, there were 16,735 people, 5,603 households, and 4,353 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,028.4/mi2 (1,168.4/km2). There were 5,721 housing units at an average density of 1,035.3/mi2 (399.4/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 95.81% White, 0.72% African American, 0.04% Native American, 2.03% Asian, 0.48% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.02% of the population.

There were 5,603 households, out of which 40.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.2% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.3% were non-families. 17.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.34.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 27.2% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.9 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $75,236, and the median income for a family was $85,229. Males had a median income of $57,055 versus $35,091 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $28,723. About 2.5% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.6% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.

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  7. "Sailors Haven". National Park Service. Retrieved2010-04-28.
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  11. Community Ambulance Company (official website)
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Sayville, New York
Sayville New York Language Watch Edit Sayville is a hamlet and census designated place in Suffolk County New York United States Located on the South Shore of Long Island in the Township of Islip the population of the CDP was 16 853 at the time of the 2010 census 1 Sayville New YorkHamlet and census designated placeThe Great South Bay at Sayville SunsetU S Census mapSayvilleU S Census mapCoordinates 40 44 47 N 73 4 52 W 40 74639 N 73 08111 W 40 74639 73 08111 Coordinates 40 44 47 N 73 4 52 W 40 74639 N 73 08111 W 40 74639 73 08111CountryUnited StatesStateNew YorkCountySuffolkArea Total5 4 sq mi 13 9 km2 Land5 3 sq mi 13 7 km2 Water0 08 sq mi 0 2 km2 Elevation20 ft 6 m Population 2010 Total16 853 Density3 100 sq mi 1 200 km2 Time zoneUTC 5 Eastern EST Summer DST UTC 4 EDT ZIP code11782Area code s 631FIPS code36 65409GNIS feature ID0964554 Contents 1 History 2 Education 3 Library 4 Postal service 5 Geography 6 Emergency services 7 Demographics 8 Notable residents 9 See also 10 References 11 External linksHistory EditThe earliest known inhabitants of Sayville were the Secatogue tribe of the Algonquian peoples Sayville was founded by John Edwards b 1738 of East Hampton New York He built his home the first in Sayville in 1761 located at what is now the northwest corner of Foster Avenue and Edwards Street The house was destroyed by fire in March 1913 Another man John Greene settled what is now known as West Sayville in 1767 The community had no formal name until 1838 when residents gathered to choose a name for their post office which had opened on March 22 1837 2 Until that time Sayville was known informally as over south The townspeople held a meeting to decide on a name and after Edwardsville and Greensville tied in a vote one resident suggested Seaville According to historical accounts the clerk at that particular meeting did not know how to spell and had to go home and look in an old Bible he had brought from England years before In the Bible the word sea was spelled s a y 3 dubious discuss need quotation to verify and Sayville became the name he sent to Washington After the error was discovered the community sent a letter of protest to Washington D C however the Postmaster General responded 4 that the name should stay Sayville as there were many Seaville s in the world but no Sayville s As a result the name stuck The claim is also sometimes made that in some very old Bibles the town name is also spelled S a v i l l e 5 It may be noted that until the early 19th Century it was common in many varieties of English to pronounce sea so that it rhymed with obey and thus Sayville could have been a phonetic representation of how some speakers would have pronounced Seaville South Face of Meadow Croft Sayville became important mainly for its timber and oysters Beginning in 1868 when the South Side Railroad arrived the hamlet became a summer tourist destination Over 30 hotels were built in the area which hosts a ferry to Fire Island Between 1880 and 1930 many grand homes and estates were built in Sayville including Meadow Croft the home of John Ellis Roosevelt a cousin of Theodore Roosevelt Meadow Croft still stands and is part of Suffolk County s San Souci Lakes Nature Preserve In 1912 a German Telefunken wireless transmitter was built in Sayville now West Sayville to broadcast to Germany In 1915 the transmitter allegedly relayed a message from the German embassy to get Lucy referring to the RMS Lusitania which was sunk on May 15 citation needed Whether the signals coming from the transmitter in Sayville authorized the attack or not they caused concern for the US government which dispatched Marines to ensure that encrypted messages were not sent The station was seized by the government outright after war was declared in 1917 President Woodrow Wilson sent a contingent of Marines to seize the wireless station making it the first hostile action taken by the United States against Germany during World War I The elaborate home of the late Father Divine on Macon Avenue in Sayville From 1919 to 1932 Sayville was home to Father Divine a controversial African American religious leader who claimed to be God His religious movement which came to be called the International Peace Mission movement managed a commune like house on 72 Macon Avenue which was the first black owned residence in Sayville At that time Sayville was predominantly a seasonal resort and Father Divine s followers made good livings as native house sitters Because followers turned over all of their profits to Father Divine he was able to build several expansions on the house He even bought an expensive Cadillac when neighbors complained about his noisy Hudson automobile Father Divine s ostentation annoyed the middle class residents Excess traffic that Father Divine attracted made him unpopular even to businesses he patronized with large cash purchases Following a June 1932 trial and prison sentence for disturbing the peace Father Divine moved to Harlem New York claiming that Sayville was racist However the commune remained on Macon Avenue for many years Father Divine occasionally preached in Sayville afterward but the home was only an outpost of his movement not its headquarters In 1994 California State University at Fresno designated Sayville the friendliest town in America 6 Sayville is the embarkation point for ferries to the Fire Island communities of Cherry Grove and Fire Island Pines both popular vacation communities for LGBT New Yorkers as well as to Sailors Haven 7 which includes the Sunken Forest 8 The Sayville train station is on the Montauk branch of the Long Island Rail Road and has connections to the ferries via taxi and van servicesEducation EditThe Sayville School District consists of one high school one middle school and three elementary schools The high school is located in West Sayville on Brook Street The middle school is located on Johnson Avenue The elementary schools are on Sunrise Drive Lincoln Avenue and Cherry Avenue named after their respective streets Lincoln and Sunrise Elementary Schools are both located in Sayville Cherry Avenue Elementary School is located in West Sayville Parts of Sayville attend Connetquot School District Library EditThe area is served by the Sayville Public Library located at 88 Greene Ave ZIP code 11782 2723 9 Postal service EditThe area is served by the Sayville post office located at 130 Greene Avenue ZIP code 11782 2723 Geography EditThe community borders the Great South Bay Sayville is located at 40 44 47 N 73 4 52 W 40 74639 N 73 08111 W 40 74639 73 08111 40 746282 73 081112 10 The hamlet is bordered by the bay to the south Sunrise Highway to the north Brown Creek to the east and Greenes Creek to the west According to the United States Census Bureau Sayville CDP has a total area of 5 4 square miles 13 9 km2 5 3 square miles 13 7 km2 of it is land and 0 077 square miles 0 2 km2 of it 1 21 is water 1 Sayville is also home to the Sayville National Wildlife Refuge a 127 acre refuge opreated by the U S Fish and Wildlife Service Emergency services Edit Sayville Fire Department along Lincoln Avenue just north of Montauk Highway Community Ambulance Company on Swayze Street just west of Railroad Avenue in 2012 The company moved to 420 Lakeland Avenue in October 2014 Sayville is covered by the Sayville Fire Department a New York State designated fire district The Sayville Fire Department is the volunteer fire department agency employed by the Sayville Fire District to provide fire protection for this area This agency responds to all fire related emergencies and motor vehicle crashes with personal injury as well as numerous other emergency incidents within the borders of the Sayville Fire District The Sayville Fire Department is a certified New York State fire department Sayville receives emergency medical services from Community Ambulance Company Inc This volunteer ambulance company responds to all medical emergencies within the Sayville West Sayville Bayport Bohemia and Oakdale area They are a certified New York State Department of Health Emergency Medical Service agency that provides Advanced Life Support ALS care 11 Demographics EditAs of the census 12 of 2000 there were 16 735 people 5 603 households and 4 353 families residing in the CDP The population density was 3 028 4 mi2 1 168 4 km2 There were 5 721 housing units at an average density of 1 035 3 mi2 399 4 km2 The racial makeup of the CDP was 95 81 White 0 72 African American 0 04 Native American 2 03 Asian 0 48 from other races and 0 92 from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3 02 of the population There were 5 603 households out of which 40 3 had children under the age of 18 living with them 65 2 were married couples living together 9 5 had a female householder with no husband present and 22 3 were non families 17 5 of all households were made up of individuals and 8 0 had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 2 92 and the average family size was 3 34 In the CDP the population was spread out with 27 2 under the age of 18 6 2 from 18 to 24 30 7 from 25 to 44 24 1 from 45 to 64 and 11 8 who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 37 years For every 100 females there were 92 6 males For every 100 females age 18 and over there were 88 9 males The median income for a household in the CDP was 75 236 and the median income for a family was 85 229 Males had a median income of 57 055 versus 35 091 for females The per capita income for the CDP was 28 723 About 2 5 of families and 4 1 of the population were below the poverty line including 3 6 of those under age 18 and 4 6 of those age 65 or over Notable residents EditBessie Bonehill English vaudeville performer Marlon Brando actor Mike Buck NFL quarterback James Cantor neuroscientist sex researcher Jack Coan football quarterback for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Louise Forsslund 1873 1910 author Andrew Garbarino politician and attorney representative for New York s 2nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives Melissa Joan Hart actress Michael Jahn Edgar Award winning author Shayana Kadidal civil rights lawyer Tom Westman winner of Survivor Palau and contestant of Survivor Heroes vs VillainsSee also EditSayville Yacht Club Sayville Congregational ChurchReferences Edit a b Geographic Identifiers 2010 Demographic Profile Data G001 Sayville CDP New York U S Census Bureau American Factfinder Archived from the original on 2020 02 12 Retrieved 2013 01 08 Kay John L Smith Chester M Jr 1982 New York Postal History The Post Offices and First Postmasters from 1775 to 1980 American Philatelic Society Dickerson Charles A History of the Sayville Community Sayville NY Sayville Historical Society p 20 Dickerson Charles A History of the Sayville Community Sayville NY Sayville Historical Society pp 20 21 Dickerson Charles A History of the Sayville Community Sayville NY Sayville Historical Society p 21 Tamar Asedo Sherman June 1 2009 Community of Interest Sayville Newsday com Retrieved 2010 04 28 Sailors Haven National Park Service Retrieved 2010 04 28 Loving The Sunken Forest loving longisland com Retrieved 2010 04 28 https www sayvillelibrary org US Gazetteer files 2010 2000 and 1990 United States Census Bureau 2011 02 12 Retrieved 2011 04 23 Community Ambulance Company official website U S Census website United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2008 01 31 Edwards Clarissa 1935 A History of Early Sayville Suffolk County News Press no ISBN Dickerson Charles P 1975 A History of the Sayville Community Sayville Historical Society The no ISBN External links EditWikimedia Commons has media related to Sayville New York Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Sayville Sayville com community website Sayville Post Office History Sayville Fire Department 1873 map of Sayville 1888 map of Sayville Sayville and West Sayville photographs Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Sayville New York 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