IndexWantagh is a suburban community located about 40 minutes from NYC on the south shore of Long Island. Known as "The Gateway to Jones Beach," Wantagh is a community that prides itself on its rich traditions and history. A local historical association works to preserve and protect significant landmarks, while a wide range of organizations dedicate themselves to community service.
Wantagh is also known as "The Blue Ribbon District" because each of its three elementary and two secondary schools has been designated as a "United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Excellence."(Downloadable PDF)The Wantagh School District aims to provide links to community resources through its district website. The links in this area leave the school district site. The linked sites are not under control of the district, and the district is not responsible for the content of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site, or any changes or updates to such sites. The district is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the site by the district.Wantagh Public LibraryThe Long Island Children's MuseumThe Cradle of Aviation MuseumGoudreau Museum of Mathematics in Art and ScienceCold Spring Harbor Whaling MuseumSands Point PreserveWantagh Community WebsiteWantagh MuseumWantagh/Seaford Homeowners AssociationWantagh is named after an Indian grand sachem. The first Europeans settled in 1644. Rail service to Manhattan began in the 1880's. The original station, restored to how it looked in 1904, is on display at the open-air Wantagh Museum on Wantagh Avenue. Hotels and resort fishermen came with the Sunrise Highway in 1929, the same year Jones Beach State Park opened.
Transforming suburban development began in the late 1940's and continued into the 1970's.
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