Beginnings: Jacob Conklin was one of the first settlers in the region that in the late 1600s was still thick with scrub oak, pine and carpets of vine. When Conklin went north to visit Huntington village, he'd tell people about his farm located ``south toward the Great Bay before you get to the swamp. My farm is in the deer park.'' Apparently Conklin and his few neighbors shared their new home with the deer that thrived in the thick underbrush. The name stayed even when the deer did not.
Photo: Tanger Outlets at The Arches Circle, Deer Park. (Newsday / Michael E. Ach)