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Bohemia

Bohemia
Beginnings: Three young couples seeking freedom from the Hapsburg rule in Austria and Hungary arrived in mid-Suffolk on March 5, 1855, and became the founders of what was to become the community of Bohemia. They were John Vavra, John Kratchovil, Joseph Koula and their wives. Koula, a cabinet maker, built a house for each pair, and part of one home still exists. The men soon chanced upon the William Ludlow estate in Oakdale, took laborers' jobs. In 1859, the growing Czech settlement was christened New Village of Tabor. Tabor meant ''camp.''
Photo: Connetquot River, Connetquot River State Park, Oakdale/Bohemia (Newsday Photo/Bill Davis)
Beginnings: Three young couples seeking freedom from the Hapsburg rule in Austria and Hungary arrived in mid-Suffolk on March 5, 1855, and became the founders of what was to become the community of Bohemia. They were John Vavra, John Kratchovil, Joseph Koula and their wives. Koula, a cabinet maker, built a house for each pair, and part of one home still exists. The men soon chanced upon the William Ludlow estate in Oakdale, took laborers' jobs. In 1859, the growing Czech settlement was christened New Village of Tabor. Tabor meant ''camp.''
Photo: Connetquot River, Connetquot River State Park, Oakdale/Bohemia (Newsday Photo/Bill Davis)
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  • Back Story: Bohemia Manor Farm founded by cartographer

    Back Story: Bohemia Manor Farm founded by cartographer
    In recent weeks, The Baltimore Sun, The New York Times and other newspapers have been carrying advertisements announcing the auction next week of Bohemia Manor Farm, which is perhaps one of Maryland's most historic estates, dating to the 17th century.
  • National Weather Service East Coast websites in limited operation

    National Weather Service East Coast websites in limited operation
    WASHINGTON -- The National Weather Service's websites for the Eastern part of the U.S. were operating in backup mode Tuesday, offering limited updated information on the remnants of Hurricane Sandy after suffering a systems failure earlier in the day....

    Reward Offered to Find Sicko Who Slaughtered 8 Kittens on Long Island

    Reward Offered to Find Sicko Who Slaughtered 8 Kittens on Long Island
    The Suffolk County SPCA is asking for the public's help in tracking down the heartless killer or killers who slaughtered eight defenseless kittens, some of them just days old. The tiny, tortured victims were from two litters of a colony of feral cats,...

    Tornado Hits Eastern Long Island

    Tornado Hits Eastern Long Island
    Reports confirm a tornado touched down in Bohemia, Long Island on Friday Afternoon. The storm began around 1pm with heavy rain and large gusts of wind, causing flooded streets and knocking down trees. The tornado then came through Bohemia a little...

    Sarasota Film Fest lineup — Christopher Plummer, Geena Davis, Harry Connick Jr.

     
    This year's Sarasota Film Festival will be star-studded and action packed, with a performance by Harry Connick, Jr. and his orchestra, and appearances by Oscar winner Geena Davis and screen legend and Oscar nominee Christopher Plummer. Their opening night...