Jamesport, New York

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Jamesport, New York
Jamesport, New York
Jamesport, New York
Jamesport is located in Long Island
Jamesport is located in New York
Jamesport is located in the United States
Coordinates: 40°56′40″N 72°34′38″W / 40.94444°N 72.57722°W / 40.94444; -72.57722Coordinates: 40°56′40″N 72°34′38″W / 40.94444°N 72.57722°W / 40.94444; -72.57722
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • Total4.5 sq mi (11.7 km2)
 • Land4.5 sq mi (11.6 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
16 ft (5 m)
 • Total1,710
 • Density380/sq mi (150/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)631
FIPS code36-38253
GNIS feature ID0953924

Jamesport is a hamlet in Riverhead in Suffolk County, New York. A census-designated place population estimate was around 1,710 at the 2010 census.[2]

Bay Breeze Inn in South Jamesport.

Downtown Jamesport contains antique shops and a handful of fine-dining restaurants. Jamesport has many farms, including sod, pumpkin, flower, and potato farms, as well as wineries.

Hallock State Park Preserve (previously Jamesport State Park) is located north of Jamesport in the adjacent hamlet of Northville.


The United States Census Bureau estimated that Jamesport had a total area of 4.5 square miles (11.7 km2), of which 4.5 square miles (11.6 km2) was made out of land and 0.039 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.60%, was made out of water.[2]


Jamesport was first settled in the 1690s and was originally called "Aquebogue." It became "Lower Aquebogue" when another hamlet called "Upper Aquebogue" was established to the west. The Jamesport Meeting House, built in 1731, is the oldest operating church building in Suffolk County.[3]

The name "Jamesport" refers to "James Tuthill," a man who settled in the area south of Lower Aquebogue on the Peconic Bay with his family in 1833.[4] Over time, Lower Aquebogue came to be called Jamesport, while the community 1 mile (2 km) to the south, previously called Jamesport, came to be called South Jamesport (and is included in the present-day Jamesport CDP). Upper Aquebogue became Aquebogue.

James Tuthill's attempt to establish a commercial whaling and shipping wharf on the Peconic Bay in what is now South Jamesport was a failure. The depth of water at low tide was too shallow to accommodate ships. However, the Long Island Rail Road established service to Jamesport from New York City, and Jamesport became a popular resort and fishing community with several large bayfront hotels. These included the Miamogue Hotel and the Great Peconic Bay House,[5] which operated until 1952. Jamesport was a center for the scallop and bunker (menhaden) fisheries.

From the 1830s to about 1950, Jamesport was the site of a Camp Meeting Grove operated by the Methodist Episcopal Church and, after 1904, an Epworth League Fresh Air Camp.

During the 1960s, the Long Island Lighting Company (LILCO) designated land on the North Shore of Long Island for use as a possible second nuclear power station, in addition to its Shoreham plant already under construction. However, the Jamesport plan was scrapped when LILCO ran into opposition to Shoreham in the 1970s and 1980s.


As of the census of 2020, there are 1,609 people, 469 households, and 1,126 housing units in Jamesport. The population density is 216.0 per square mile. The racial makeup of the CDP is 88.6% White, 1.5% African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race are 11% of the population.[1]

There are 469 households, out of which 56.7% are married couples living together, 29.4% have a female householder with no spouse present, and 3.2% have a male householder with no spouse present.

The population has 10.2% residents under the age of 18. 9.9% of the population is under the poverty line.



  1. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Jamesport CDP, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on 2020-02-12. Retrieved 2013-01-02.
  3. ^ http://www.jamesportmeetinghouse.org/
  4. ^ "History". East Long Island. Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  5. ^ "The News Review Online - The Hometown Newspaper of Riverhead Town, Long Island New York". www.timesreview.com. Archived from the original on 2009-12-19.

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