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History of the town of Farmingdale, New York


Welcome to the Farmingdale Public Library's Local History Guide. This guide provides links to various topics on Farmingdale's History. Included in this is the Farmingdale Local History Encyclopedia. 


Natalie Korsavidis & ToniAnn Pignataro


Farmingdale's Story

Thomas Powell settled in Farmingdale in 1688. In 1695, he purchased 15 square miles from the Massapequa Indians. This transaction was known at the Bethpage Purchase. His homestead was constructed in 1700. At the time Farmingdale was known as Hardscrabble. Ambrose George renamed it Farmingdale in 1838.

The Farmingdale School District was established in 1814 by the Town Board and School Commissioner. It became a Union Free School District in 1892.

Farmingdale became an incorporated village in 1904. The first census was taken in 1910.


Farmingdale Junior Honor Society. Farmingdale’s Story: Farms to Flight. The Society, 1956.