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Town Focus: Day 1 in Bay Shore

The area now known as Bay Shore was

The area now known as Bay Shore was purchased from the Secatogue tribe in the early 18th century by John Mowbray. He paid the tribe in eel spears, according to local historians. The area was called by various names: first Penataquit, then Awixa, then Mechanicsville and back to Penataquit before it officially became Bay Shore in 1868. (Feb. 4, 2011) Photo Credit: T.C. McCarthy

Today, I start this month’s Town Focus series in Bay Shore, the South Shore hamlet whose historical society proudly says boasts a more than 300-year history.

Accordingly, I’m beginning the week at the Gibson-Mack-Holt House, built in 1820 and owned by the Bay Shore Historical Society, where I will meet with society president Barry Dlouhy.

Later this week, we’ll post a story and video on Bay Shore’s history.

In the next five days, I’ll also meet with representatives from the Bay Shore Chamber of Commerce, the school district, and other important groups that make the community what it is.

You can find me working from and roaming about town. Feel free to stop and say hello or pass on a suggestion for someone to meet or something to cover in Bay Shore.

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