Port Washington is located 17 miles east of Manhattan on Long Island’s North Shore. Once known as the “shellfish garden” of New York City, it is known for its bounteous bays, yachting and boatbuilding, celebrity residents, and pioneering aviation activities. Immigration, technology, economic changes, and geographical forces shaped Port Washington over the years. Its burgeoning aviation industry was led by the Guggenheims and Charles Lindbergh in the 1930s, and the literary and musical giants who lived here included John Philip Sousa, William Rose Benet, and Sinclair Lewis. During the war years in the 1940s, Grumman and the United States Navy set up crucial operations in Port Washington. An era of suburbanization and development soon followed, reflecting the prosperity of the 1950s and 1960s.
About the Author
Elly Shodell, a resident of Port Washington, has been director of the oral history program at the Port Washington Public Library since 1983. She is the recipient of the 1999 Forrest C. Pogue Award in Oral History. Since 1892, the Port Washington Public Library has been following and documenting the town’s transformations through its collection of more than 30,000 photographic prints, negatives, and slides.
Table of Contents
1 Community Spirit 9
2 Family Life 25
3 Leisure and Culture 41
4 By the Bay 55
5 Work 73
6 Trains, Plans, and Automobiles 89
7 Schools and Library 107
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My husband and I chose to bring up our children in Port Washington, largely because of its ethnic, economic, and racial diversity, as well as its top schools and good railroad commuting. This book has a treasured spot on our bookshelf as it shows how this diversity developed since the 17th century, from a small clamming and fishing community to the lively suburb it is today. Descendants of the Italian sandminers whose work paved the streets of Manhattan still live here, as do those of executives who came here to work in America's fledgling airline industry. The 250 photos in the book are priceless, showing the town, its people, their pastimes and their work, from the unsung and unheralded to the rich and famous, like the Guggenheims, the Hearsts, the Whitneys. And the painstakingly researched photo captions provide background information on the area's rich history. The book is a must for every Port Washington household -- and for anyone interested in the intimate history of a small town.