Brookhaven (Suffolk, New York)

The largest town in Suffolk County at 368 square miles, Brookhaven is also among the oldest. In 1655, the first pioneers landed at Setauket, where the early town business was conducted. Officially, Brookhaven was not recognized as a town until 1788. And by then, its boundaries had spread. Its territory had reached the South Shore, compelling the town fathers to move meetings to a more convenient midpoint. They chose Coram, where town meetings were held for the next century. (They're now held in Medford, in the decidedly unhistorical sounding Building 5.)
Photo: Brookhaven Amphitheater in Farmingville (Newsday / J. Michael Dombroski)