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Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor is a charming, historic seaside town dating back to the 1600’s, which later supported the whaling industry and was known as “Clamtown.” It covers 3.95 square miles with a population of approximately 5,070. The name Cold Spring Harbor refers to the freshwater springs running north through the area and into the harbor. It can be traced back to the English who called it Cold Spring after they bought some land here from the Matinecock Indians in 1650. The Matinecocks, already living here for a very long time, called the area Wawapex, which means “place of good water.” The community was officially named Cold Spring Harbor in 1825 with the establishment of its first post office. Cold Spring Harbor is a very small town, but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality. The whaling museum and fish hatchery are both fun and educational, and Main Street, while only 2/10 of a mile long, offers visitors a choice of 2 outstanding restaurants, a few sandwich shops, and a handful of specialty stores.

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