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Smithtown

Smithtown is a hamlet within the Town of Smithtown in Suffolk County, New York, on the North Shore of Long Island, covering 12.1 square miles. The population was 26,470 at the 2010 Census. Smithtown was first settled around 1665. Local legend has it that, after rescuing a Native American chief’s abducted daughter, Richard Smith was told that the chief would grant title to all of the land Smith could encircle in one day “on a bull”. Smith chose to ride the bull on the longest day of the year, to enable him to ride longer “in one day”. The land he acquired in this way is said to approximate the current town’s location. There is a large anatomically correct statue of Smith’s bull, known as Whisper, at the fork of Jericho and St. Johnland Road.

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