Drawn by the abundance of salt hay, Huntington farmers began settlements in Amityville, in 1653, and Native American and African-American families established homesteads as early as the 1700s. Today, many streets bear the names of the families that continued to settle the rural community through the 1800s, including Brewster, Devine, Hunter and Steele. Brewster and Green-Bunn Burial Grounds along Bethpage Road, were the final resting place for many Native American families and Civil War Veterans.
The historic Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church formed in 1815 and built its first permanent structure on Albany Avenue, in 1844. Once the largest private airport in the country, Zahn's Airport was created in 1936, through the apple orchards of Joseph Zahn.
In the 20th Century, as families began to flock to the south shore, businesses, factories and housing developments followed. In contrast to the caucasian-only policies promulgated by housing developments such as Levittown, Ronek Park was a non-discriminatory development that attracted many new families to the North Amityville community beginning in the early 1950s.