American soldiers crossed Southold to reach the enemy in Sag...

American soldiers crossed Southold to reach the enemy in Sag Harbor during the Revolutionary War, according to this historical marker on the beach. (Feb. 16, 2011) Credit: Erin Geismar

The waterfront community of Southold, settled in 1640, is a hamlet in the town of Southold and has a population of about 5,500.

Located on the North Fork, visitors and residents of Southold have access to both the Long Island Sound and the Peconic Bay, and the hamlet is home to eight vineyards along Route 25.

Southold has an active historical society. The Southold Historic District, located in the heart of the hamlet, was added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1997. Well-known historic buildings include the Horton Point Lighthouse and the Southold Historical Society buildings on Maple Lane.

Helen Keller and Albert Einstein were summer visitors to the area during the 1930s and 1940s.

Check out Erin Geismar's photos from around town.

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