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Hidden HOME Town: Sea Cliff History, Trivia and Pirate’s Booty

By: Lee Meyer

Sea Cliff AvenueCourtesy Village of Sea Cliff

Long Island’s villages and towns are filled with history, from the pristine beaches to historic homes and beloved businesses. But there’s so much you don’t know!

On the North Shore, Sea Cliff is a lovely, friendly village filled to the brim with historical houses and buildings, as well as two stunning beaches with views of the Long Island Sound. After being used as a religious retreat in the 1870s, German Methodists built Victorian homes on the land, many of which are still standing today.

There are 28 entries on the National Register of Historic Places in Sea Cliff.

Ahoy! The popular snack Pirate’s Booty was first made in a factory in Sea Cliff.

Elm Park was called “Spooky Park” by older generations because of its large, imposing yew maze. 

Notable celebrities from the seaside community include actresses Kate McKinnon and Natalie Portman, and Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik.

Veteran’s Memorial Park is also referred to as “Hippie Park,” known for impromptu summer gatherings and drum circles.

A faded statue of John Henry Geohegan, a veteran of the Spanish-American War, was referred to as the “headless statue” before being restored.