"Pick up a walking tour guide..." Setauket Favorite Tip by BeverlyTyler

Setauket General: 4 reviews and 4 photos

  August 2001
by BeverlyTyler

Favorite thing: Pick up a walking tour guide from the Three Village Historical Society, 93 North Country Road, or from the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, across from the Setauket Village Green.

Spring, a time of renewal for the environment and for me as well. This is the time of year when many of our thoughts turn to the prospect of going somewhere on vacation and enjoying the beauty of another places. It is not often that we think of the wonderful possibility of taking a vacation in our own backyard, in our own beautiful Three Village area, but the possibilities are endless, and this is my best memory.
There are many areas of my community, area largely unexplored, that I can not see often enough; the morning mist that hides the blue heron on the Setauket Mill pond, the sunrise from Old Field Point on a clear morning when the Thimble Islands are almost visible on the Connecticut coast, or the sunset at Stony Brook Harbor when layers of clouds paint the horizon with shades of blue, yellow, orange and red.
This is one of the best times of the year to explore, on foot, the miles of beaches that stretch from Stony Brook, past West Meadow Beach to Crane Neck Point, past Flax Pond, past Old Field Point to the entrance to Port Jefferson Harbor. In between are the many salt marshes, sand dunes, estuaries, bays, creeks and inlets that make this area so beautiful. Each can be explored in turn and every time of day along the waters edge that faces west and north and east has a special magic of its own.

Walking into the Frank Melville Memorial Park in Setauket over many days during the next month can surprise even the most observant nature lover. There are more than 300 different plants and trees in the park and many will bloom in various textures and colors as the warmth of the season softens the ground and awakens the diversity that nature thrives on in its plants and animals. Rhododendrons, white and black birch trees, azaleas, dogwood and cat-tails all growing together in a union of conflicting harmony reminds us that God intends that our differences provide us with beauty, strength and protection all at the same time.
A walk in the Three Village Garden Club's arboretum and sanctuary which connects to the Frank Melville Memorial Park provides a solitary view of parts of our landscape that have not changed in many hundreds of years. There are many other places to explore here as well, especially as spring gives way to summer and many more attractions open for the season, including many natural beauties such as dogwood and mountain laurel.
The Thompson House, Setauket Neighborhood House, Emma S. Clark Memorial Library and the two historic churches on the Village Green in Setauket provide glimpses of different periods of architecture in Setauket.
There is a lot for me to explore and appreciate right here at home. For further information on any aspect of the Three Village history (Setauket/East Setauket and Stony Brook) visit the Three Village Historical Society's WEB site at http://www.threevillagehistoricalsociety.org

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