Historical Markers in
Nassau County, New York

1779 House 1796 Hotel Site 30 Pounder Parrott Gun 60 Acre Golf Club 77th Infantry Division Reserve Veterans Memorial 82nd Airborne Division A Garden for Food and Color A GentlemanÂ’s Farm, 1918 A Place in History A Respite for Mrs. Roosevelt A Thoroughly Modern House Abigail E. Leonard African-American Veterans Memorial Al Grover's Spirit of Freeport American Legion American Legion Auxiliary Anvil Archer St. School Arthur F. White Atop Sagamore Hill Aviation First Battle of the Bulge Veterans Memorial Bayview Hose #3 Bennington Park Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Bethpage Hamlet Boat Builders of Freeport Brigadier General Count Casimir Pulaski Broad Spring B'nai Israel Synagogue Camp Albert Mills Camp Meeting Grounds Captain Brian C. Hickey Memorial Carpenters Catholic War Veterans Memorial Cedarmere Central Park Cider Mill Charles A. Lindbergh Chicken House Chosin Reservoir Veterans Memorial Civil War Trophy Gun Claus Kristian Clausen, U.S.N. Cobble Villa Col. Benjamin Birdsall Col. James Dean Columbus Ave. Copper Beech Council Rock Cpl. Albert F. Klestinec, Jr. Crystal Lake Hotel Duke's Laws Convention Earle-Wightman House Museum End of An Era Exempt Firehouse Farm District Farm Tools Farmingdale Civil War Memorial Farmingdale Honor Roll World War 1917-1918 Farmingdale Korea and Vietnam War Memorial Farmingdale War Memorial Farmingdale World War II Memorial First Church Baldwin United Methodist First Library of Merrick First Post Office Floral Park School Floral Park World War II Memorial Floral Theatre Flying Field Fort Hill Fortified Hill Francis Cardinal Spellman Frank Buck's Zoo Freeport Bank Freeport Historical Museum Freeport Legends Freeport Memorial Library Freeport Memorial Library War Memorial Freeport Methodist Episcopal Church Freeport Point Shipyard Freeport Post Office Freeport's Nautical Mile From Barn to Home George Washington Glen Cove Civil War Memorial Glen Cove Korea Memorial Glen Cove Vietnam Memorial Glen Cove WWI Memorial Glen Cove WWII Memorial Grist and Saw Mill Grumman 1930-94 Guy Lombardo's House Helping Feed the Family Hempstead Town Hall Henri Charpentier Hicks Nursery Historic Complex House of Ambrose Clark Housing the Staff In Tribute To Alicia Patterson Indian Trail Jerusalem Jewish War Veterans Memorial John E. Miller John Townsend Justice Court Building Kelby House Kent-Cammann Wing, Merrick Library Killian's Hotel L.I. Motor Pkwy L.I. Motor Pkwy Liberty Pole Lindbergh's Flight Long Island Motor Parkway Louis Chimeri, Jr. Memorial Marine Corps Memorial Masonic Temple Massapequa 1925 Massapequa Hotel Massapequa Manor Matinecock Lodge Medals of Honor Recipients Memorial Merrick World War I Memorial Military Medical Personnel Memorial Miracle House 1906 Monahan's Crossing Monfort Cemetery Mounting Platform Nature Trail and Woodland Old Brick House Old Grace Church Old Orchard Old Orchard Home On the Farm Oyster Bay 9/11 Monument Oyster Bay Honor Roll Oyster Bay Railroad Station Oyster Bay Veterans Monument Oyster Bay WWI Memorial Padre Pio Parrot Rifle Playland Park Polish American Freedom Fighters Polish Freedom Fighters Memorial Powell Home Presbyterian Church Quaker Cemetery Quaker Meeting Quaker Meeting House Quentin Roosevelt R.R. Station Raynham Hall Raynham Hall Museum Red House Robert Bacon Memorial Children's Library Robert Jackson Rockville Cemetery and Bristol and Mexico Monument Rockville Centre World War I Memorial Roosevelt Memorial Oak Roosevelt Memorial Rocks Roosevelts at Play Roslyn Grist Mill Roslyn Historical District Roslyn World War II Memorial Sagamore Hill Sagamore Hill in the Presidential Years Sagamore Hill National Historic Site Saint Agnes Samuel Jones, Esquire Seaman Ave School Sgt. Major Daniel J. Daly Site Of Site Of Site of Camp Black Site of Camp Winfield Scott Site of Oven Site of The Beau Sejour South Side St. Agnes World War II Memorial St. Brigid Roman Catholic Church Stable and GroomsÂ’ Quarters Starch Works Still on Patrol Suffolk County Suffragists Tennis Anyone? The British Occupation The Church of the Ascension The Culper Spy Ring The First Building The First Church of Floral Park The First Public School in Freeport The Four Immortal Chaplains The Funeral of Theodore Roosevelt The Garden The great chain hoax . . . . The Harbor Hill Estate and the Mackay Horse Statues The House The Ice House The Landing The LIRR Station The Merricks Veterans Memorial The Pet Cemetery The Sand Hole Church The Silent Service The Windmill The Wreck of the Bristol - November 21, 1836 The Wreck of the Mexico - January 2, 1837 The "Comfort Women" Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Statue This Home Thorn Estate To commemorate the 1st crossing from east to west and the 1st double crossing of the Atlantic by air Trubia Rifle Tryon Hall Site Two Shipwrecks and the Life Saving Service Tyson Building U.S.S. Maine Memorial Up to the Roosevelts Valued Family Friends Vanderbilt Cup Race Village Hall - 1928 Wantagh Wantagh Baptist Church War Dogs Memorial Washington Tour 1790 Water and Power West Neck Westbury African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Westbury Friends Meeting House Westbury Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends Westbury World Trade Center Attack Memorial Westbury World War I Memorial Westbury World War II Memorial William Cullen Bryant William H. Tailer Memorial Wood and Tool Shed Woodcastle Hotel Woodcleft Canal Woodcleft Inn World War I Trench Mortar Wreck of the Mexico (1837) Youngs Home Zorn's est 1930 "The LIGHTS Club"
The first African-American woman to earn a medical degree in the United States, Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler, studied at the New England Female Medical College in Boston, but she completed her clinical studies at the New York Infirmary for Women and Children in Manhattan in 1864.
Nassau County, located on Long Island, New York, has a rich history dating back thousands of years. The area was originally inhabited by indigenous peoples, including the Lenape tribe, who lived off the land and engaged in trade with Europeans. In the 17th century, Dutch and English settlers established farms and villages on the island, including Hempstead and Oyster Bay, which are among the oldest English-speaking settlements in the United States.

During the American Revolutionary War, Nassau County played a significant role. British troops occupied Long Island, and the Battle of Long Island, fought in 1776, resulted in a decisive British victory. The county's proximity to New York City made it a strategically important location and it served as a base for British forces throughout the conflict. However, after the war, the region experienced significant growth and development, with new towns and settlements established.

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Nassau County became a popular destination for wealthy New York City residents seeking summer retreats. The construction of the Long Island Rail Road in the 1830s made the area more accessible, leading to the establishment of luxurious mansions and resorts, particularly along the Gold Coast. This era of opulence and extravagance was immortalized in F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, "The Great Gatsby."

Following World War II, Nassau County experienced rapid suburbanization. Affordable housing, improved transportation infrastructure, and the post-war economic boom attracted large numbers of families to the area. With the construction of highways and the expansion of suburban developments, Nassau County transformed into a growing residential and commercial hub.

Today, Nassau County remains a thriving and diverse region, with a mix of suburban neighborhoods, bustling commercial centers, and vibrant cultural attractions. It continues to be an attractive destination for residents, tourists, and businesses alike, offering a blend of history, natural beauty, and modern amenities.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Nassau County, New York.

  • 1643 - Dutch colonists settle in present-day Nassau County.
  • 1664 - English takes control from the Dutch.
  • 1784 - The Town of North Hempstead is established.
  • 1806 - The Town of Oyster Bay is incorporated.
  • 1859 - Long Island Rail Road is extended to east of Brooklyn, opening up Nassau County.
  • 1899 - Nassau County is officially formed.
  • 1922 - Levittown, the first true suburb of Nassau County, is developed.
  • 1947 - Post-World War II suburban development booms in Nassau County.
  • 1999 - Nassau Coliseum is opened.