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When Ward Melville began his plan to construct a compact federal-style shopping center in Stony Brook, there were stores and shops spread out along Main Street, Shore Road (now Dock Road) and Christian Avenue. Main Street in Stony Brook during the 19th and the early part of the 20th century was an active commercial area with a variety of shops. This commercial and then tourist generated activity ended with World War I and Stony Brook became a small, locally-used harbor village.
There is an ADVENTURE TO BE FOUND IN EVERYDAY THINGS. The old, the reconstructed and the new buildings in Stony Brook tell the story about the people who lived there long ago and not so long ago. As we rediscover Stony Brook you will not just be looking at buildings, you will also be looking at the past, its planned future and its present. Enjoy this look at a special community.