Get to know Riverhead
Suffolk County’s county seat of Riverhead, located southwest of the town of Southold, is home to nine unincorporated hamlets including the hamlet of Riverhead. The hamlet functions as the central business district of Riverhead the town. Thus, we have the familiar Long Island naming culture of a town and a hamlet (or village) called the same thing, keeping things nice and confusing. Other hamlets within the town include Northville, Jamesport, and Baiting Hollow. Both the town and the hamlet are bordered by Long Island Sound to the north and the Peconic River to the south; the more than 200-square-mile town is shaped like a horizontal rectangle, with the hamlet a 15.4-square-mile strip in the middle. The past few years have seen Riverhead bounce back from the neglect of the 20th century, and when the downtown area was recognized on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012, the revival accelerated.