On November 29th, 1683, William Nicoll became the first patentee of Islip when he purchased land from Sachem (Chief) Winnequaheagh of Connetquot. He named his 50,000-acre plantation Islip Grange, in honor of the town from which he emigrated: Islip, England. The original settlement encompassed Bayport, Bohemia, Brentwood, Central Islip, East Islip, Great River, Hauppauge, Holbrook, Holtsville, Islip Terrace, Oakdale, Sayville, West Sayville, and part of Ronkonkoma.
Today, 335 years later, Islip has grown into the 3rd largest town in the State of New York, providing more than 330,000 residents with a beautiful place to live, work and play. As our Town approaches maturity, Islip remains a varied, beautiful town where industry and community thrive. It features: ocean beaches, sparkling bays, a beautiful lake, vistas of forest fields, canals and ponds, historic villages, innumerable architectural treasures and its very own airport.
The Town of Islip has a long and rich heritage, from its roots as a a seaside community, to its history as Long Island’s original Gold Coast. Join us for the remainder of 2018 and throughout 2019, as Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter and the Islip Town Board celebrate this rich heritage, and commemorate 335 years of history, growth and development.
For the remainder of the 2018 and throughout 2019, special events will be hosted in various Town locations to commemorate the Town's 335th year. Please refer to the list below, and check back often for updates.
- November 29th, 2018 – 335th Birthday Kick-off Celebration & Cupola Lighting
- June 8th, 2019 – Living History Day at the Islip Grange
- August 29th, 2019 – FREE Family Fun Day at Roberto Clemente Park
Join in the celebration as we kick-off our 335th year with birthday cake, and the lighting of the Town Hall cupola in Town colors. Festivities will begin at 4pm, outside of Islip Town Hall, 655 Main Street, Islip.
Come be a part of the living history of Islip Town, as we celebrate our rich legacy and heritage as part of the ongoing 335th Town of Islip Birthday celebrations. Festivities will begin at 10:00am at the Islip Grange and will include historic tours, games, acitivites, food trucks and ancestry look-up. View Calendar.
Check back soon for more details.