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The hamlet of Locust Valley is located within Nassau County, New York. It spans just less than one square mile and is home to approximately 3,500 people. Public transportation to and from Locust Valley includes the Long Island Railroad in combination with the MTA New York City Transit. The commute to Manhattan takes approximately one hour and forty five minutes by public transportation and one hour by personal vehicle. The Locust Valley Central School District is comprised of Locust Valley High School, Locust Valley Middle School, Bayville Intermediate, Locust Valley Intermediate, Ann MacArthur Primary, and Bayville Primary. Locust Valley High School is located along the Northern border of Locust Valley. The Locust Valley Library was founded on October 17, 1909 with a $300 contribution from the Matinecock Neighborhood Association. It began in a two-room cottage and then the Maintecock Neighborhood House, which was built in 1914. It received a major renovation in the early 1980s, adding a computer center and a larger Children's Library. The Nassau Country Club of Locust Valley sits along its Western border. Established in 1896 and originally designed by committee members, some of the era's leading architects participated in the design of its golf course. The course has been redesigned many times over the last 100+ years, most recently in 2012 by the Fazio Design Group. The club provides a pro shop and a full staff offering one-on-one instruction, club fittings, etc. There are a number of ways to participate, either a causal game organized by the club, league play, tournaments, and organized games throughout the season. The Shu Swamp Nature Preserve provides an escape to a natural wetland full of Tulip trees, Red Maples, and Tupelo, fed by the cascading water of the Beaver Brook. There is an abundance of wildlife including rare fish, plants, and birds native to the area. The preserve is open six days a week for visitors to explore on their own or with a guide. The Bailey Arboretum is a 42-acre county park located on the North Shore of Long Island near Locust Valley. It is the only arboretum in the Long Island and New York Metropolitan are and is located on the former estate of famed horticulturist and Frank Bailey and his wife Marie Louise Bailey. Frank was a self-taught horticulturist and is most well known for creating one of the first private garden museums, providing a space for professional and amateur gardeners to learn. The Arboretum's pièce de résistance is the dawn redwood, a famous specimen once believed to have been extinct for millions of years.

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