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Get to know Manorville

While Manorville is more remote than other towns and villages on the East End, sometimes it’s advantageous to have the option to withdraw from the thick of it. Manorville is, in a word, pleasant. Plus, it’s not like being removed makes it absent of things to do; the things are simply more nature-focused. In the northeastern corner of the hamlet is a swath of the Long Island Central Pine Barrens, the most abundant natural area in Long Island, and a hiker’s paradise. The hamlet may be landlocked, but it’s nothing to get the blues about. Because of its proximity to the famed East End region, Manorville is often considered “The Gateway to the Hamptons.” But Manorville is just as close to the North Fork, and even Fire Island isn’t too far off. Consider it then a tranquil retreat that has civilization within its reach.
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History & Culture

A small farming village for years, Manorville owes its name to the whim of one. In 1844, the Long Island Rail Road opened the “St. George’s Manor” train station, making the name official with a sign and everything. However, Seth Raynor—a station agent, Revolutionary War Captain, and enterprising vandal—bristled at St. George and its association with the British monarchy. So he just painted over that part, leaving only “Manor.” With the LIRR seemingly stumped about how to change it back, or else totally cool with the edit, the name lasted until the early 20th century when Manorville was officially adopted. But that station no longer exists, and time has softened the hamlet’s rebellious spirit, contributing to the overall quiet atmosphere of Manorville today. This gradual change has made way for leisurely pursuits like golf while also allowing for attractions of the rural variety, including multiple petting zoos.

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Dine & Shop

Even though its landlocked status is well-established, Manorville still reaps the benefits of proximity to Long Island’s fisheries, who seemingly will stop at nothing to serve their more inland neighbors. Clams, in particular, are opening across Manorville, be they stuffed, steamed, on the half shell, or casino. You can also expect the usual kind of small-town staples, such as pizza, burgers, sushi, and bagels, among other options. Head to local farms for your supply of fresh produce, plus fresh pastries for dessert (or even breakfast). Shopping options are limited, but you’re not coming to Manorville in the first place for that sort of scene. At the doors of the North and South forks, though, Manorville is near enough to locales that trend toward being more retail-focused.