Town of Riverhead
Riverhead is a town within Suffolk County on the north shore of Long Island. According to the 2010 census, the population reports 33,506 residents. The town resides on the mouth of the Peconic River and is known for its picturesque and sprawling farmland. Riverhead is the agricultural apex of Long Island with 20,000 of the 35,000 acres of the island’s farmland located with the town lines. This town also takes over four separate beaches which are open year-round. If you are accessing Riverhead via boat, you can visit the docks located in Wading River, Iron Pier, and Reeves Beach. Incorporated hamlets include Aquebogue, Baiting Hollow, Calverton, Jamesport, Laurel, Manorville, Northville, Riverhead, and Wading River.
Colonists from Europe purchased the “Southhold land” from the local Algonquian-speaking Native Americans and Shinnecock Indian Nation in 1649. The actual town of Riverhead was colonized in 1792 as part of the jurisdictions following the American Revolution. The state legislature divided the town apart from Southold, New York which resides north and east of Riverhead. By 1902, the population of Riverhead was only 2,500 residents.
Notable Riverhead residents
Danny Burawa (born 1988), major league baseball player
Joseph McCrum Bedford (born 1852), a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives
Ed Danowski (born 1911) Quarterback and Halfback in the NFL New York Giants
Scott Mersereau (born 1965), Defensive end with the New York Jets
Garfield M. Langhorn (born 1948) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of America’s highest military decoration the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Vietnam War.
Because of Riverhead’s rural setup, they are also known for their state parks:
Hallock State Park Preserve: A nature preserve located on Long Island’s north shore with almost one mile of beachfront facing the Long Island Sound. The property that has now become Hallock State Park was used for illegal sand mining during the 1960s and was intended to host a nuclear power plant originally planned by the Long Island Lighting Company. It was purchased by New York State from KeySpan Energy in 2002 for $16 million. This 225-acre park includes woodlands, open areas, passive recreation, fishing, hiking, non-motorized boating, seasonal horse-riding, and scuba diving!
Wildwood State Park:
Includes a sprawling beachfront to the Long Island Sound. The park offers relaxation, a playground, picnic tables, hiking, biking, fishing, a campground for campers equipped with tent and trailer sites, and a recreation program.
Things to do in Riverhead:
Tanger Outlets: If you are a big shopper, visiting the Tanger Outlets in Riverhead is a no brainer! With tons of shopping options and great deals every day, this makes for a popular destination. Visitors come here from all over the country for the best deals on high-end items. If you are looking for something special at an affordable price, stopping at the Tanger Outlets is the place for you.
Visit the Breweries: Riverhead is known for its country and relaxing lifestyle. It’s no surprise on their acres of sprawling farmland, and they have outdoor breweries. Make sure to stop in Jamesport for the best outdoor beer-drinking experience. Come hungry also! These breweries are now equipped with the coolest food trucks to satisfy any craving. On a bright, warm summer day, Jamesport breweries are the places to be hanging out!
Visit the Wineries: Not into beer? That’s okay, Riverhead also has vineyards that grow for days. Whether you are into red or white wine, Riverhead has a place for you. Enjoy a refreshing glass or two of wine while overlooking the Long Island Sound on a fall, winter, spring or summer day. Most of these vineyards are open year-round, so don’t be afraid to vacation at any time in Riverhead.
Visit the Family Farms: : Looking for a family fun day? Riverhead has the best activity-based farms Long Island has to offer. From large pumpkin patches, corn mazes, live music, and much more, Riverhead family farms have something for everyone, even apple picking! This makes for a great fall activity!
Visit the Beaches: Riverhead rests along the north and south shore of the Long Island. Make sure to stop at one of their beautiful waterfronts during the summer season. Riverhead is known for its land preservation and rural settings, whichever beach you choose to visit, you will enjoy the untouched landscapes and lovely views.
List of Villages in The Riverhead Township