Millicent Vollono is the author of book The Five Towns, published by Arcadia Publishing (2010).
The communities of Hewlett, Woodmere, Cedarhurst, Lawrence and Inwood were among the earliest English settlements on Long Island's South Shore. As an agricultural center, then a vacation mecca and later an affluent suburb, the history of today's "Five Towns" are a microcosm of suburban development on Long Island.

From: The Nassau County Historical Society Journal, 71 (2016): 53-56.

The Last Word, 2016

Natalie A. Naylor

The articles in this year’s Journal deal with diverse aspects of local history. Millicent D. Vollono and her daughter, Lauren V. Drapala, have combined their talents in researching and writing their article, “Designing Suburbia: Olive Tjaden on Long Island.” Architect Tjaden designed hundreds of houses and other buildings in Nassau County from 1925 to 1945.

Judith Tabler’s “History of Foxhunting with the Meadow Brook Hunt” is based on her recent book, Foxhunting with the Meadow Brook Hounds. Foxhunting was a popular sport on Long Island in the early decades of the twentieth century and the Meadow Brook Hunt survived until 1971, despite post-World War II developments in their hunt area in northern Nassau County.

“Oystering in Inwood, 1891” provides a delightful glimpse into a popular Long Island pursuit, as described by journalist Jenny L. Hopkins in 1891. (My appreciation to Millicent Vollono who brought the article from her personal collection to my attention. She also researched Hopkin’s background for “About the Contributors” on p. ii.)

Bill Bleyer, in “The Theodore Roosevelt Association Saves Sagamore Hill,” recounts how Sagamore Hill was preserved as a shrine and is now a national historic site. This article is reprinted from his excellent recent book, Sagamore Hill: Theodore Roosevelt’s Summer White House.

“Discovering Hempstead Town’s Country Home Era,” by Raymond and Judith Spinzia, introduces an aspect of Hempstead’s history often overlooked in other accounts of the period. It provides a look into the extensive historical information amassed by the Spinzias in their multi-volume Long Island’s Prominent Families series.

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