Miller Place, New York
|Miller Place, New York|
|Hamlet and census-designated place|
The historic Academy Schoolhouse of Miller Place
U.S. Census map
|• Total||6.6 sq mi (17.0 km2)|
|• Land||6.6 sq mi (17.0 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||131 ft (40 m)|
|• Density||1,900/sq mi (730/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0957319|
The area that is now Miller Place has been inhabited since the 17th century. Throughout most of its history, Miller Place has been an agricultural-based society. However, similarly to the changes in much of Long Island, the hamlet transformed into a densely populated suburban area in the the latter half of the 20th century.
While the original settler of Miller Place is unknown, the settling of the region is largely accredited to the original Miller family. In 1679, an East Hampton settler named Andrew Miller purchased a 30-acre (120,000 m2) plot. Miller was a cooper by profession, and records indicate that he had emigrated from either Maidstone, England or Craigmillar, Scotland.
The Miller family expanded well into the 18th century and continually developed houses in the northern part of the hamlet. The Millers were in time joined by members of such families as the Helmes, Robinsons, Burnetts, Hawkins, Woodhulls, and Thomases. Many roads in the present hamlet have been named after historical families.
The oldest extant house is the home of William Miller, Andrew Miller's grandson, composed in three sections between 1720 and 1816 at a prominent location on North Country Road. The hamlet's many extant historical structures are centered on this thoroughfare, forming the core of the Miller Place Historic District. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, it became the first historic district in the Town of Brookhaven. Separately listed is the Samuel Hopkins House.
The first two public schools in the hamlet were established in 1813 and 1837. In 1834 the Miller Place Academy, a private school, was established under the leadership of a Yale graduate. Though the academy itself closed in 1868, it served as a public school from 1897 until the 1937 opening of what is now the North Country Road Middle School. The Miller Place Academy structure remains as one of the community's symbols and currently houses a free library.
The hamlet became home to a station of the Long Island Rail Road in 1895. This location was near the present-day intersection of Sylvan and Echo avenues. It transported people to stops at Port Jefferson, Wading River, and numerous other hamlets. After the station was destroyed in a 1902 fire, a new one was built the next year. However, this building was destroyed in 1930 by another fire, and the eastern railroad lines were soon abandoned.
In the latter 19th century, Miller Place became a popular summer resort location. A barn-like building known as the Harbor House was established and run by a Miss Clara Potter and quickly became a haven for many young girls. However, the building was destroyed in a 1962 fire.
In the decades following World War II, the population of Miller Place greatly expanded. Beach cottages were repurposed as family homes, while residents began to use the highway system of Robert Moses to commute to New York City.
Miller Place contains a small pond, a beach, and a small park that contains a baseball field. There are also many historical buildings in Miller Place. The area is hilly in some areas but has good grass and trees in most places because much of Miller Place was farmland. However, most of the farms have since been developed into suburban housing communities or commercial locations.
The hamlet borders the areas of Sound Beach, Mount Sinai, Rocky Point, Middle Island and Coram. Miller Place and Mount Sinai have historically been linked, with residents sharing such church congregations as the Mount Sinai Congregational Church, located on the town border. The harborfront section of Port Jefferson, 5 miles to the west, serves as the primary commercial downtown for residents of both Miller Place and Mount Sinai.
Each September since 1981, the William Miller House has been the home of the Miller Place-Mount Sinai Country Fair. This annual festival includes house tours, arts and crafts, and antique merchants. A number of attendees dress in colonial-period costumes. It is managed by the Miller Place-Mount Sinai Historical Society.
Demographics of the CDP
As of the census of 2000, there are 10,580 people, 3,397 households, and 2,833 families residing in the CDP. The population density is 1,468.1 per square mile (566.6/km²). There are 3,512 housing units at an average density of 487.3/sq mi (188.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP is 94.2% White, 0.43% African American, 0.19% Native American, 1.35% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.49% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. 3.20% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 3,397 households out of which 46.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.0% are married couples living together, 6.8% have a female householder with no husband present, and 16.6% are non-families. 13.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 4.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 3.10 and the average family size is 3.42.
In the CDP the population is spread out with 30.2% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 7.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 95.4 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP is $80,455, and the median income for a family is $87,656. Males have a median income of $58,887 versus $37,091 for females. The per capita income for the CDP is $27,895. 2.4% of the population and 1.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 2.6% of those under the age of 18 and 2.2% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Local businesses are predominantly based along the hamlet's two main thoroughfares, the historic North Country Road and the the modern Route 25A. Along North Country Road is McNulty's, a family-owned ice cream parlor and a fixture of the hamlet. Route 25A is of a more suburban character, with most businesses being corporate chains and located in strip malls. Also along Route 25A are multiple pizza parlors, a bagel store, a deli, and Beanberry Caffe, a local coffee and wine bar.
See also Miller Place High School, for more information on the school and its related activities.
The four schools of the Miller Place Union Free School District are scattered throughout the hamlet and serve both Miller Place and much of the hamlet of Sound Beach. These include the Andrew Muller Primary School (K-2), Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School (3–5), North Country Road Middle School (6–8), and the Miller Place High School (9–12). The high school has been ranked the 78th in the nation for students taking AP classes.
Miller Place has garnered some renown for being the home of the Miller Place Panthers High School badminton team, which has earned recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest winning streak in team sports history. "The Streak" began in the spring of 1973 and came to an end on April 12, 2005, when the Panthers were defeated in a match by Smithtown High School. The Panthers did not lose a single match over a 32-year span that encompassed 504 consecutive victories.
The Miller Place School system also fields soccer, lacrosse, cross-country, field hockey, track and field, basketball, JV and varsity football, and baseball teams, as well as a wrestling team, volleyball team, and softball team. The boys/girls cross country programs have sent multiple runners to state tournaments, including most recently when the whole girls team went and two boy runners. Girls field hockey also made it to the state tournament for New York, after winning the Suffolk County Championship against Rocky Point 1-0 and the LIC (Long Island Championship) 3-0.
The school's mascot is a panther, while the school colors are red, white and blue.
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- Miller Place School District
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