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Merrick

Merrick
Beginnings: Named after its first inhabitants, the Meroke Indians. During the colonial period, Merrick became a trading center because vessels could enter Jones Inlet and sail up deep channels to docks beside what is now Merrick Road. During the War of 1812 these channels, canals and coves made Merrick a haven for buccaneers who preyed on merchants. Pirates in whaleboats once robbed prominent landowner George Hewlett and two friends while they were duck hunting. At one point, residents armed with muskets captured one bandit leader and shipped him to New York in irons for trial.
Photo: Merrick Road, Merrick from "Long Island To-day" by Frederick Ruther, 1909
Beginnings: Named after its first inhabitants, the Meroke Indians. During the colonial period, Merrick became a trading center because vessels could enter Jones Inlet and sail up deep channels to docks beside what is now Merrick Road. During the War of 1812 these channels, canals and coves made Merrick a haven for buccaneers who preyed on merchants. Pirates in whaleboats once robbed prominent landowner George Hewlett and two friends while they were duck hunting. At one point, residents armed with muskets captured one bandit leader and shipped him to New York in irons for trial.
Photo: Merrick Road, Merrick from "Long Island To-day" by Frederick Ruther, 1909
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