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Sea Cliff

Beginnings: Matinecock Indians lived for centuries at the spot where Sea Cliff is now. Dome-shaped wigwams spread along the bluff above Hempstead Harbor, where Matinecock Indians would fish in the harbor and raise crops on the field behind the bluff. The obviously productive farmland attracted British settlers, and in 1668 Joseph Carpenter bought the area from the Matinecocks. Isolated from main roads, the community, then named Carpenterville, remained quiet for more than two centuries - except during the Revolution, when the British established a camp there.
Photo: A 1906 postcard shows youths lined up to race their "cars" in Sea Cliff. (Collection of Joel Streich)

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