You might think that Sayville was an Americanization of a European name. Seville, perhaps?
But no. While there are several versions of how Sayville came to be, the most commonly accepted one is that in 1837, the townspeople held a meeting and decided on the name “Seaville.” The person taking notes wasn’t much on spelling so it wound up being recorded as “Sayville.”
Today, it’s a gracious hamlet with tree-lined streets, sandy beaches and a quaint downtown that looks more like a New England fishing village than a typical Long Island suburb. It is served by the Long Island Railroad, MacArthur Airport, Sunrise Highway and other major roads. It’s also a major ferry port, with ferries running back and forth all year ’round to Fire Island, which lies on the other side of Great South Bay.