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The Town of Oyster Bay is the easternmost town in Nassau County. In fact, Nassau County only has 3 towns--Oyster Bay, Hempstead and North Hempstead, along with two cities (Long Beach and Glen Cove). All other "towns" (or what people consider towns), are actually villages or hamlets located within one of the 3 towns. It's a bit confusing at first (and sometimes second, and third), glance, but eventually everyone figures it out. Or, they just keep referring to the villages and hamlets as "towns." This is actually not as unusual as it may seem... there are a number of similar situations in Westchester County, NY (and in fact all of NY State) and Fairfield County, CT. Though none are probably as extreme as how Nassau County is set up. Suffolk County, also on Long Island, is similar, although they have 10 towns, not 3. Oyster Bay has 18 villages, and 18 hamlets, located within it's borders. These 36 places have 30 zip codes, and 20 post offices serving them. It stretches from the Long Island Sound all the way south to the Atlantic Ocean. That said, when people mention Oyster Bay, they are usually talking about Oyster Bay Cove and Oyster Bay Hamlet. Living in Oyster Bay, one is surrounded by history. There are 40 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. About half of them are in Oyster Bay Hamlet. Prior to the European settlers, succeeding groups of Native Americans lived in the area. Between 1653 and 1687, the Indians sold all of the land, bit by bit. During most of the Revolutionary War, the town was under the control of British forces. Originally Oyster Bay was part of Queens County, until 1898 when the western parts of the county became the Borough of Queens in NYC. Nassau County was formed the following year (1899). The suburban movement resulted in a population explosion after World War II, as farmland was developed. Between 1950 and 1990, the population of Oyster Bay went from around 40,000 to over 290,000.

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