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Laurel

Beginnings: Because it was situated midway between Aquebogue and Mattituck on the North Fork, Laurel was known for many years as Middle District. When Riverhead Town split from Southold in 1792, the new border ran through the little farming community, dividing it in half. Middle District later became Franklinville some time before residents formed their own Presbyterian church in 1831, and finally Franklinville became Laurel in 1890. The substitution may have been inspired by the area's abundance of laurel trees and bushes.
Beginnings: Because it was situated midway between Aquebogue and Mattituck on the North Fork, Laurel was known for many years as Middle District. When Riverhead Town split from Southold in 1792, the new border ran through the little farming community, dividing it in half. Middle District later became Franklinville some time before residents formed their own Presbyterian church in 1831, and finally Franklinville became Laurel in 1890. The substitution may have been inspired by the area's abundance of laurel trees and bushes. « Show less

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  • Laurel City Council seeks answers from Boys and Girls Club

    Laurel City Council seeks answers from Boys and Girls Club
    Laurel officials remain concerned about the state of the Laurel Boys and Girls Club following an intensive special work session Thursday with the club’s current president.
  • History in Rice's grasp after a lifetime of training

    History in Rice's grasp after a lifetime of training
    Linda Rice had tried college, lasting a couple of years at Penn State while realizing that studying bloodlines, speed ratings and past performance charts for horses interested her far more than what she was studying in computer science classes. "I...

    Main Street's leading lady is muscle behind theater, business group

    Main Street's leading lady is muscle behind theater, business group
    It's been more than a decade since Maureen Rogers helped relocate the Burtonsville Players — a nonprofit theater group that's performed in the Laurel area for more than 35 years — to the Laurel Mill Playhouse on the west end of Main Street....

    Ill-fated love affair, set to song and dance, at Laurel Mill Playhouse

    Ill-fated love affair, set to song and dance, at Laurel Mill Playhouse
    When community theater vaudeville landed on Main Street in the Laurel Mill Playhouse's spring production of Andrew Lippa's "The Wild Party" weekend before last, it roared. Based on Joseph Moncure March's 1928 narrative poem of the same name —...

    Laurel's forgotten role in the Bonus Army [History Matters]

    Laurel's forgotten role in the Bonus Army [History Matters]
    After six years of lobbying by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Congress passed legislation in 1924 that provided for a bonus, based on length and place of service, to World War I veterans. Recipients who were due $50 or less were paid...