Long Island: Muttontown
Muttontown is a village located in Nassau County, on the North Shore of Long Island, New York. It is within the Town of Oyster Bay. The village is bordered on the north by East Norwich and on the south by Jericho. It has a mayor, six trustees, and a police force that serves Muttontown and several surrounding villages. The amount of land area in Muttontown is 6.1 square miles. In 2009, Muttontown was ranked one of the wealthiest towns in America by Bloomberg Businessweek.
As of the 2010 census, there were 3,497 people and 1,202 households residing in the area. The median income for a household in the village was $313,598 (up 10% from 2000) and the average net worth was $1,603,583. The latitude of Muttontown is 40.823N. The longitude is -73.548W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 285 feet.
On August 31, 1931, the village of Muttontown became incorporated. The community name derives from early use of the land for sheep grazing. It is formerly a “great sheep district” between Wolver Hollow (now Brookville) and Syosset. In the 1600s the early English and Dutch settlers found the rolling hills a perfect place for the thousands of sheep that grazed there providing mutton and wool. The Zog of Albania purchased the town’s Knollwood Estate in 1951 but sold it in 1955. In 20th century, the town’s economy started to boom which had many luxurious homes on large country estates.
The Muttontown Preserve is the largest natural area in Nassau County. It comprises over 550 acres of fields, woodlands, and estate grounds that offers a significant opportunity for individuals, families, and groups to get out and explore the natural environment. It has a nature center that sponsors a variety of activities from bird watching to viewing meteor showers. The Hoffman Center Nature Preserve is also a sanctuary of natural beauty established in 1995. The Chelsea Mansion, the former home of Alexandra and Benjamin Moore, now run by Nassau County Parks, Recreation & Museums, is located in Muttontown Preserve.
The Muttontown community does not have its own post office, school, fire station or police department. It is served by five post offices in neighboring towns such as Syosset, East Norwich, Glen Head, Jericho, and Oyster Bay. The children attend schools in four districts namely Locust Valley, Oyster Bay-East Norwich, Syosset, and Jericho. All offer excellent educational programs with the elementary schools ranking in the top 1 percent statewide for math. The real estate market in Muttontown is extraordinary. The town is known for its wealthy residents with various homes normally priced from $950,000 to more than $3.5 million. The town has also several nearby Italian restaurants; the Gazebo in Oyster Bay, Capriccio in Jericho, and La Parma in Huntington.