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Legislative District 05

Posted on: July 14, 2021

Mulé, Freeport Memorial Public Library Spotlight ‘The History of Freeport’s Waterfront’

WHAT - Nassau County Legislator Debra Mulé (D - Freeport) and the Freeport Memorial Public Library joining forces to host “The History of Freeport’s Waterfront” - a Facebook Live webinar presented on Tuesday, June 29 by Freeport Historical Society & Museum board member and Freeport Memorial Library librarian/archivist Regina Feeney.

During the hour-long presentation, Feeney explores Freeport’s 1853 renaming after being known as Raynortown in years prior; the village’s 1930 expansion and how it increased the amount of waterfront land within the village’s jurisdiction; Freeport’s extensive network of canals; and the history behind the resorts and boating clubs that serve tourists and the village’s denizens.

She also discussed the evolution of Freeport’s waterfront commercial districts, its historic oyster and ship-building industries, prominent citizens in Freeport’s history, and the origins of contemporary attractions such as the Nautical Mile and Esplanade, and more.

“As anyone who lives in and around Freeport knows, the waterways are an integral part of our community,” Legislator Mulé said. “Regina’s presentation offers an eye-opening look at our nautical village and sheds light on the history of a community that I’ve been proud to call my home for three decades. I thank her for all the hard work she invested in creating this informative and entertaining webinar.”

Click here for an encore presentation of “The History of Freeport’s Waterfront.”

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