Let’s Look Back: Calls to create a separate county gain traction

Aug. 30, 1968

Plans to create a separate county combining the five eastern most towns — to be known as Peconic County — was gaining traction.

The executive directors of The Committee for a New County agreed on a plan for an informational campaign to support the change. “An overwhelming majority in the five eastern towns appear to favor the creation of a separate county,” chairman of the committee Edwin Sharetts said at the time.

Aug. 28, 1953

A group of five red warning lights became a landmark enabling aviators, seamen and motorists to identify the Village of Greenport from a great distance. The lights were installed on the 165-foot elevated steel water tank in the village.  

Aug. 26,1943

Greenport was witness to historic ship launchings. Four ships left the ways of the Greenport Basin and Construction Company: a mine sweeper, a submarine chaser and a two tank lighter landing craft.

Aug. 24, 1928

There was much enthusiasm among local golfers that Greenport was going to be home to a golf course overlooking Long Island Sound. The golf course was built upon the old Jackson place on the North Road. 

Aug. 24, 1878

Ground was broken on the Episcopal Church in Mattituck.

Back by popular demand, “Let’s Look Back” was a long-time feature from The Suffolk Times. We’re bringing it back online every Wednesday. Check back next week for more stories from our archives.

Photo caption: The proposed Peconic County flag.