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Sights from the Road: The Tiny Setauket Post Office

The town of Setauket (seh-taw-ket) sits on the north shore of Long Island. First settled in the 1650’s, Setauket has a large number of historical buildings interspersed with its more modern residences.

Often as you ride through some of the town’s small shady lanes, you get the distinct feeling that you are somewhere else. This town doesn’t fit the popular Long Island stereotype; strip malls, tons of traffic and women who sound like Fran Drescher on The Nanny.

Setauket Post Office

One of my favorite buildings that I pass when traveling along the North Shore through towns like Saint James, Nissequogue, Stony Brook and on to Port Jefferson is the delightfully tiny Setauket Post Office. Built in 1941, this quaint little Greek revival building was designed by Richard Haviland Smythe. It features 4 columns whose capitals are topped with cornstalks in the spirit of those found in our nation’s Capitol building, designed by Benjamin Latrobe.

Setauket Post Office Plaque Setauket Post Office Eagle Setauket Post Office
Cornstalk capital column Setauket Post Office Setauket Post Office Letter Slot Setauket Post Office Side view

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Rachael is the whimsical writer behind the 20+ year old Girlie Motorcycle Blog. As a freelance blogger, she is on a mission to inspire laughter, self-examination, curiosity, and human connection. Girlie Motorcycle Blog can be found on several Best Motorcycle Blog lists.

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4 Responses

  1. wendyvee says:

    Wow, I have a few tiny post offices on my site . . . none so “fancy” though 🙂

  2. ArcDeDucati says:

    Ha, funny you say that. I took this picture last summer in front of the Stony Brook post office while on a trip to get some good swordfish in Pot Jeff. Weird how certain things just stick out to us motos. That lighthouse up there is pretty awesome too.


    • Fuzzygalore says:

      I love the Stony Brook post office! Did you see the Eagle flag it’s wings? He does it on the hour.

      Also if you’re in the neighborhood again, have lunch in the Brook House. It’s like your aunt made your food. Very home-y.

  1. June 26, 2010

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