Oldest Places In America
Levittown, NY is described by Guggenheim Museum as the first of thousands of suburbs. The Digital Public Library of America describes Levittown as the first and largest prefabricated suburb. The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) mentions Levittown as the first large-scale suburb.
A two week stay by Henry Clay, in 1847, reinforced Cape Island’s position as the major seaside retreat in the country, and so began its reign as the Queen of the Seaside Resorts. Ever since then, Cape May has been recognized as the oldest seaside resort in America.
The oldest brewery in America is D.G. Yuengling & Son, also known as America's Oldest Brewery #oldestplaces
Shankweiler's Drive-In is a historic drive-in theater located in Orefield, Pennsylvania, USA. It was opened in 1934 by Wilson Shankweiler and is considered to be the oldest drive-in theater in America that is still in operation. In fact it is the oldest drive-in cinema in the world.
Redwood Library and Athenaeum is America's oldest library. It is America’s first purpose-built library and the oldest continuously operating in its original location.
Area code 201 is the oldest area code in America located in northeastern New Jersey and covers Jersey City, Union City, Bayonne, and Hoboken.
The Old Burying Point Cemetery, also known as the Charter Street Cemetery, is the oldest cemetery in America. Opened in 1637, it is the final resting place of several Salem notables.
Stockbridge Grist Mill located in Scituate, Massachusetts is the oldest mill in America of any kind.
Old Ship Church located at Hingham, Massachusetts is the oldest church in America in continuous use. Originally built in 1681.
The earliest dam construction documented in the U.S. was in 1640 - the 1.8-m high Old Oaken Bucket Pond Dam near Scituate, Massachusetts (NID, 2013).
The Fairbanks House is the oldest wooden structure in America. In fact, it is the oldest known wooden structure in North America. Tree ring dating shows that the house was built between 1637 and 1641, with parts of the house most likely livable within the first year.
#oldestcanalinAmerica Mother Brook Canal in Dedham, Massachusetts is confirmed as the oldest canal in America by The American Canal Society and one of the very few hydraulic canals listed.
On June 15, 1894, Ocean Parkway became the first street in the U.S. to have a designated bike lane. This first bike lane in America was created by splitting the pedestrian way of Brooklyn's Ocean Parkway. The parkway became New York City’s first dedicated bicycle path, and the very first in the United States.
Designated as a market town in 1730, the City of Lancaster is home to Lancaster Central Market, the oldest, continuously running public farmers’ market in the country. In fact, it is the oldest market of any kind in America. #oldestplaces #oldestmarket #oldestmarketinAmerica
German immigrant Alexander Schaeffer founded a settlement in the town of Heidelberg in Lebanon County in 1743 which became known as Schaefferstown. He built The King George hotel around 1746, which still stands as The Franklin House, and constructed a water system from a spring on a nearby hill sometime before 1750. #oldestplaces #oldestwatersystem
The Strasburg Rail Road was founded on June 9, 1832, in an effort to increase the town’s economic prosperity and to give the town a direct connection to the mainline freight service. #oldesttrain #oldestrailroad
Huguenot Street, established in 1678, located in New Paltz, NY is considered the oldest street in America. Today the street consists of many historic sites. This National Historic Landmark district in New Paltz contains seven museums housed in historic buildings, a reconstructed wigwam, and so much more. #oldeststreet #oldestplaces #oldeststreetinAmerica
Nestled in the lush green hills of Marlboro, New York you will find first vineyard in America. The Benmarl Winery overlooks the historic Hudson River Valley.
Deep Hollow Ranch is located in Montauk, New York amidst thousands of preserved acres of spectacular coastal land. The estimated 26 acre property is currently the oldest ranch in America. It is considered a cattle ranch.
The Adirondack Park is officially the oldest vacation spot in America and known as the "Birthplace of the American Vacation." Saratoga Springs is a city in Saratoga County. Saratoga County serves as the southern gateway to the Adirondack Park.
The Sandy Hook Lighthouse, located about one and a half miles inland from the tip of Sandy Hook, New Jersey, is the oldest lighthouse in America. It was designed and built on June 11, 1764 by Isaac Conro.
Lacrosse is the oldest sport in America. Troy, NY is home to both the first official Lacrosse game and the first established Lacrosse team.
#oldestforest #oldestplaces In December of 2019 the world’s oldest known forest was discovered in a sandstone quarry in Cairo, NY. The town of Cairo currently owns the land. This forest dates back 386 million years.
The U.S. Military Academy at West Point the oldest military base in America. West Point's role in our nation's history dates back to the Revolutionary War, when both sides realized the strategic importance of the commanding plateau on the west bank of the Hudson River.
The Bethlehem Area Moravian Trombone Choir, established in 1754, is older than the United States itself making it the oldest musical group in America. Although musicians were in the earliest wave of migrants settling Bethlehem in 1741, the first complete set of instruments did not arrive until 1754.