The name of our hamlet comes from the original Native American name for the area, Pauquaconsuk, meaning "the place where we wade for thick, round-shelled clams". Thankfully, the more simple translation of this descriptive native word, "Wading in the River" or Wading River was adopted by the first settlers.
1671 - the earliest records of a settlement known as Wading River was originally founded with eight families. "The spot for the village was chosen with care. There was a stream adequate for water power and abounding in seafood good water for drinking soil rich enough to grow essential crops, woodland for fuel, building material and food, topography to offer protection from the elements, meadowland for it's grass."
Until 1947 - the Hamlet of Wading River had a year round population of less than 500. But during the summer months hundreds of visitors filled the town utilizing Wildwood State Park, the cottages on the cliffs and dunes and, of course, the beaches.
1947 - was a landmark year of change for the sleepily
little Hamlet, noteworthy accomplishments include
service men from World War II began building homes in Wading River;
the formation of Wading River's own volunteer Fire Department; the
Military Instillation known as Camp Upton was no longer necessary
and became Brookhaven National Labs and last, but certainly not
least, the Wading River Historical Society was formed.
from The Wading River Pauguaconsuk
Town Board - the first Tuesday and third Tuesday of Every Month at 6 p.m.
Zoning Board of Appeals - varying Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. Call 451-6477 for meeting dates.
Planning Board - varying Mondays at 1:30 p.m. Call 451-6403 for more information.
Zoning Board of Appeals - Second and Fourth Thursday of the month at 7:45 pm
Planning Board - First Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm
Planning Board Work Session - First Thursday of the month
at 4:00 pm
Wading River Congregational Church
St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church
Assembly Of God
Wading River Baptist Church
North Shore United Methodist
St Luke Episcopal Chapel
North Shore Public Library
Shoreham-Wading River Community School District
Riverhead Central School District
North Shore Sun
The Village Beacon Record
The Sound Observer
The Community Journal
Shoreham Civic Organization
Rocky Point Civic Association
Greater Calverton Civic Association
The Wading River Beach and Conservation Association
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