Jamesport Country Store 2013_edited-1 The holiday season is once again upon us. All along the North Fork, specialty shops, quaint boutiques, and local stores are filled with items ranging from chic clothing, accessories and leather goods to unique jewelry and crafts, children’s toys, luxury pet apparel, local wines, gourmet cheeses, and fine chocolates. Make your holiday shopping spree a special celebration by helping to boost the local economy and enjoy the many splendid gifts the North Fork has to offer at holiday time.

lighthouse Orient, originally named Poquatuck, after the Native American tribe that resided in the area, is located at the easternmost tip of the North Fork of Long Island. It is surrounded by the Long Island Sound on the North and Gardiners Bay on the South. With the arrival of English settlers in 1661, the area was called Oysterponds after the plentiful shellfish in the sea. Orient became Oysterponds Lower Neck while East Marion became Oysterponds Upper Neck. In 1836, Oysterponds Upper Neck was renamed East Marion, after a Revolutionary War General and Oysterponds Lower Neck was renamed Orient, for its most easterly location on the North Fork.