America's Historic Towns and Oldest Places
Greenport Village, New York (estimated population of 2,224 ) is a historic seaport located on Long Island's North Fork. It is well known for its fine restaurants, shopping, and accommodations. In the mid 1600s, a group of colonists from New Haven, Connecticut crossed Long Island Sound and settled in the township of Southold, which includes what is now the Village of Greenport. Over the course of its long history, Greenport has been known by several different names including Winter Harbor, Stirling, and Green Hill. At a public meeting in 1831, the name Greenport was officially adopted. Greenport became a huge oystering center during the first half of the 20th century and at one time there were over a dozen oyster processing plants in town. As the oyster industry began to shrink, the Village turned its attention towards tourism and has developed into a vibrant destination for visitors from all over the world. In 2011, Forbes magazine named Greenport one of the prettiest towns in the United States. Today, it is home to fish farming, wood products, and a new generation of technology businesses.