About Port Washington
Tucked away on a peninsula along Nassau County’s north shore is a little town called Port Washington. Just live square miles in area, this picturesque village features treelined streets, breathtaking views of Manhasset Bay, beautiful parks, an active community center, a theater, fantastic restaurants and wonderful shops.
Located just 17 miles from New York City, Port Washington is easily accessible by car, train or boat. Port’s population of about 33,000 represents a multitude of ethnic and religious backgrounds. All share a sense of community pride that runs deep. It all began with the Matinecock Indians, who called the town “Sint Sink” or “place of many stones.” In 1643, they sold the land to 18 English families from Stamford, Connecticut for a mix of kettles, wampum, lead, gun¬powder, cloth and clothing. The new owners called the land “Cow Neck” after the common pasture they all used. Later, they changed the name to Cow Neck Village and established dairy farming and fishing ventures.