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Decoration Day at Cedar Hill Cemetery – Port Jefferson’s Civil War Dead

Memorial Day was originally called “Decoration Day” and first observed in May 1866 when the residents of Waterloo, New York, decorated the graves of their Civil War dead. Port Jefferson subsequently honored its fallen sailors and soldiers during annual ceremonies organized by Lewis O. Conklin Post 627, Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), a Union […]

May 15, 2011 in History Articles

Port Jefferson’s First Suburb: P. T. Barnum and the Development of Brick Hill

After the celebrated showman P. T. Barnum died in 1891, his estate was valued at a then staggering $4.3 million. The impresario had made his fortune in part from the huge profits of his book sales and circus tours, but largely from speculations in real estate, including land here in Port Jefferson. The property was […]

April 15, 2011 in History Articles