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Williston Park

Williston Park
Beginnings: The area that became Williston Park sat where the northern edge of the vast Hempstead Plains met woods used by Matinecock Indians to hunt and camp. Henry Willis, in 1675, was the first European to settle in the immediate area, and because of what became his large family, locals began calling the area Williston. It remained rural for more than 200 years, until the Long Island Rail Road forged north toward Glen Cove from Mineola. Williston initially warranted only a freight station, but soon industry - such as brick and carriage works - attracted enough residents to justify both a passenger train station and a post office.
Photo: The Station Plaza, East Williston from "Long I...
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Beginnings: The area that became Williston Park sat where the northern edge of the vast Hempstead Plains met woods used by Matinecock Indians to hunt and camp. Henry Willis, in 1675, was the first European to settle in the immediate area, and because of what became his large family, locals began calling the area Williston. It remained rural for more than 200 years, until the Long Island Rail Road forged north toward Glen Cove from Mineola. Williston initially warranted only a freight station, but soon industry - such as brick and carriage works - attracted enough residents to justify both a passenger train station and a post office.
Photo: The Station Plaza, East Williston from "Long Island To-day" by Frederick Ruther, 1909
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