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Locust Valley

Locust Valley

Locust Valley: A Place Named for Its Beautiful Trees

It's a peaceful setting of elegant homes, rolling hills, two-lane roads and woods filled with the trees that give Locust Valley - right in the heart of Long Island's Gold Coast - its distinctive name.

Strictly speaking, "Locust Valley" on the map is a quaint unincorporated hamlet of Oyster Bay Town, just one square mile in size with shops and boutiques, a library, fire house and Long Island Rail Road Station. But the hamlet was once part of a much larger region in what is now northern Nassau County, settled by farmers around 1667 and dubbed Matinecock after the Indian tribe.

Today, when most residents talk of the "Locust Valley" area, they include, at least, the surrounding incorporated villages of Lattingtown, Matinecock and Mill Neck - a location encompassing two exclusive private golf clubs, the Creek (founded in Lattingtown in 1923 by J. Pierpont Morgan Jr.) and the Piping Rock in Matinecock, historic landmarks and celebrity homes.

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