This post about the history of Muttontown, New York on Long Island is provided by the Muttontown personal injury lawyers at Banville Law.
Muttontown Before Colonial Times
Prior to the arrival of the Dutch and British, the Lenape tribe inhabited all of Long Island and beyond for thousands of years. The tribes would hunt, fish, gather, and grow crops in the area, occasionally moving villages when the tribal elders determined that the surrounding area had been exhausted.
In the 1600s the Dutch arrived and built settlements. The English soon followed and there were several disputes over ownership of the land. The English finally took control in 1674 and remained in control until the end of the American Revolution.
The area saw serious military action during the American Revolution including the Battle of Long Island in 1776. During this battle, George Washington’s troops faced the British who were trying to cut off all of New England from the rest of the colonies. If caught, Washington likely would have had to surrender all of his troops and the outcome of the war could have been very different. However, Washington was lucky – poor weather made visibility so poor that the British stopped fighting, allowing Washington to make a risky escape through Brooklyn Heights and then across the East River to Manhattan.
Why Is The Area Called Muttontown?
During colonial times, Muttontown was rolling hills with plenty of grazing available, which is why settlers used this space to raise sheep! Sheep were an important resource, providing meat and wool. The name Muttontown literally described what the area was used for!
Today, Muttontown is a welcoming community that is known for nature preserves and large estates. Residents are just 25 miles from Manhattan and can easily reach any part of New York City thanks to public transit.
Muttontown is fairly small, with around 1000 households. The median household income is $184,000 per year.