The incorporated village of Shoreham is located within the Town of Brookhaven. Though it is smaller in area and population than several of the hamlets, it has one of the most interesting histories associated with its development. A bustling but welcoming community, its residents have shown that they care about its appearance. That is the reason that many of them use Lawn Pro / Green Leaf to handle their plants and grass. Our family of clients is growing like the lawns we tend.
The development of Shoreham from a formal settlement into an incorporated village is more recent than some of the neighboring hamlets. It began as a heavily forested area, and in the 17th and 18th centuries, the few people that did live here were mainly lumberjacks. The resulting product was moved by trail to the water and shipped. New York City was the chief importer of this timber.
In the late 19th century, plans to develop the Long Island Railroad into Shoreham resulted in investments from bankers to build homes, expecting an increase in property value. The new residential community was named Wardenclyffe, after the chief investor, James Warden.
The name of the settlement resulted in the naming of the famous tower built from 1901-1902 by Nikola Tesla, the Wardenclyffe Tower. This facility, which stood until 1917, was built for the purpose of advancing wireless power transmission. However, the tower never became operational due to the pulling of funds.
Shoreham was incorporated as a village in 1913, and was the smallest village in the state of New York at the time, with just 11 permanent residents. Today, it still has only 0.5 square miles, and a population of 535 residents as of the 2010 census.
The village of Shoreham shares a school district with the hamlet of Wading River. The Shoreham-Wading River Central School District contains two elementary schools – one lower, one upper – one middle school, and one high school.
Business and Economy
For a village as small in area as Shoreham, a surprising number of businesses across a range of industries are represented here. There are home improvement stores, professional services, gift shops, grocery stores, and service based businesses. Lawn Pro / Green Leaf has something in common with many of the businesses here in that they are locally owned.
If you are looking for a place to eat, Shoreham also has its share of restaurants. They run the gauntlet between casual family style restaurants to upscale dining, and across many styles of cuisine.
Recreation and Attractions
Being buttressed against the water, it is no surprise that Shoreham has a busy beach that attracts many from Long Island and beyond. During the swimming season, you will find numerous beach goers on any given day, and even more so on the weekends.
If you are looking to golf, The Tallgrass Country Club has a public, 18-hole course that is rated among the best in Long Island by Golfweek. In 2011, it was ranked the ninth best in the entire state of New York. A par 72, it has a plethora of challenges such as dunes and bunkers. Within the club, there is also a driving range if you need practice before – or after – your round, as well as a pro shop for supplies. The restaurant inside the clubhouse offers pub cuisine, and is available for catering for events.
The village of Shoreham is also known for its tennis tournaments, which it has held for over a century. Both conventional and platform tennis are represented – men’s and women’s.