East Marion

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Get to know East Marion

Close to the tip of the North Fork, East Marion is a quiet hamlet blessed with ample shoreline, spanning down the fork from the Long Island Sound to the Peconic River. Originally part of a tandem with Orient, the two necks of Oysterponds were split in 1836, with one renamed for “the Swamp Fox” Francis Marion, a Revolutionary War general. “East” got tacked on because there was already a Marion upstate, and possibly because “Marion Swamp” doesn’t exactly sound appealing. East Marion is primarily residential and a bit secluded, and perhaps it is telling that the hamlet’s biggest attraction is a lavender farm. It’s a stunning sight for sure, but a lavender farm nonetheless. However, with more bustling areas not 10 minutes away, trading convenient dining and shopping for picturesque vistas of the water and local flowering plants is an easy deal to make.

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East Marion Living in the North Fork

As far as descriptive names go, it doesn’t get much more straightforward than the North Fork of Long Island. See where Long Island splits at Riverhead? Well, the North Fork is the piece to the north. Perceived as the more reserved sibling of the East End’s twin tines, the North Fork is no less enticing than the Hamptons—it’s just a different speed. Up here, there's a bonafide viticultural culture. Vineyards number in the dozens, thriving in the maritime climate. Long Island’s agricultural ancestry carries through to the present, as local growers sell produce, flowers, cheese, and other wares at farm stands throughout the area. It all—plus proximity to Connecticut and Rhode Island (bridged by the Cross Sound Ferry)—amounts to a vibe that hews closer to New England than it does New York. The North Fork can be an escape to another world, despite being under 100 miles away from where you departed.