Babylon is a village in Suffolk County, New York, United States. Its official name is The Incorporated Village of Babylon. It is commonly referred to as Babylon Village, to distinguish it from the Town of Babylon, of which it is a part.
What is now Babylon Town and Village was originally part of Huntington Town and known as Huntington South. Lightly settled from 1689, its main industry, in common with much of the area along Great South Bay and South Oyster Bay (both actually lagoons), was the harvesting of salt hay, which was used as cattle feed and bedding.
When a coherent community grew up in the area by 1803, prominent local citizens sought to adopt a new name. An influential local lady, Mrs. Conklin, was used to living inland in what is now considered Dix Hills and was at unease with the home site that her grandchildren would be raised in. The bible-reading Mrs. Conklin compared the new hamlet to the biblical city of Babylon and proposed that name in apparent defiance of the area’s rather bawdy reputation as a stop-over place for travelers on Long Island’s south shore. Her son Nat was appalled by the use of an “unholy” name. The family legend states she replied: “But it will be a new Babylon.” The name stuck, despite some effort to change it. The adjacent part of Islip town, an effective extension of Babylon, was originally considered as part of Babylon, or as East Babylon, but today is the hamlet of West Islip.
Most of the residents of the Village of Babylon are served by the Babylon Union Free School District (UFSD). Since the school district lines are not coextensive with the village boundaries, as is common on Long Island, some residents of Babylon Village are in the West Babylon UFSD and, conversely, some residents of West Babylon go to the village schools, as well as residents of Oak Island, Oak Beach, Gilgo, West Gilgo, and Captree Island across the Great South Bay
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Houses of worship
- Bethel A.M.E. Church, 50 Cooper Street
- Christ Episcopal Church, 12 Prospect Street
- Congregation Beth Sholom, 441 Deer Park Avenue
- Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 576 Deer Park Avenue
- Ebenezer Baptist Church, 33 Cooper Street
- First Presbyterian Church of Babylon, 79 East Main Street
- Nicholas’ Greek Orthodox Church, 200 Great East Neck Road (West Babylon)
- Joseph’s Roman CatholicChurch, 40 Grove Place
- Seventh Day Adventist Church, 136 Fire Island Avenue
- United Methodist Church of Babylon, 21 James Street
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