Long Island: Cutchogue
Cutchogue is a hamlet located in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. It is within the Town of Southold. Every year, a concert is held honoring the village’s most famous son, Douglas Moore. Cutchogue is considered by the National Geographic Guide as one of America’s most charming out-of-the-way small towns.
As of the 2010 census, there were 3,349 people, 1,347 households, and 943 families residing in the area. The median income for a household in the community was $82,574. The latitude of Cutchogue is 41.010N. The longitude is -72.485W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 30 feet.
The community name derives from Algonquian for “principal place”. In 1640, many of the local Native Americans lived at Fort Corchaug before English-American settlers arrived. The Old House (Cutchogue) which was constructed in 1649 by John Budd in Southold is the oldest English-style house that was moved to Cutchogue in 1659 and now stands on the Village Green. In fact, it is one of the best surviving examples of English domestic architecture in the United States, and it was named a National Historic Landmark. In 1973, the first winery on Long Island was established in Cutchogue.
Well-known early residents include political figure Parker Wickham and his nephew John Wickham. The area is also the birthplace of composer Douglas Moore. Most of the Cutchogue resident ancestries were German, Irish, Polish, English, and Italian. The Village Green is the location of Cutchogue Free Public Library. This library is the central facility for the library system that serves the entire area of Cutchogue. The library is housed in an Italianate church building designed by architect Dick Ward, and built in 1862 by the Independent Congregational Church and Society of Cutchogue. It has been used as a library since 1914, and today the original church building houses the children’s section.
Mattituck-Cutchogue Union Free School District serves the entire area of Cutchogue and offers high academic standards to enhance each students learning skills by preparing them to be an informed, caring, and productive member of society. The local Chamber of Commerce helps the area to promote business interests in the area and that is still their overall goal. The Chamber has several fundraising events to bring in funds for contributions toward charitable organizations, scholarships for high school graduates, and beautification of the Cutchogue Village.
The best time you can visit Cutchogue is in the seasons of spring, summer, and fall with an abundance of recreational activities on both land and sea that adds attraction to this unique destination for short holidays or a long vacation. The Village Green Historical Complex is one of the must-see places in Cutchogue. Aside from its Old House, you should also see the Wickham Farmhouse, the Schoolhouse Museum, and the Carriage House.