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Quaint boutiques and white clapboard municipal buildings line the streets of Stony Brook, which resides about 50 miles east of Manhattan on the leafy north shore of Long Island. Though the town has a rich colonial past, it went underwent a transformation in 1939 led by Ward Melville, the proprietor of Three Village Inn. This renaissance produced Stony Brook University, one of the top research universities in the country.The town transformation also helped produce the nation's first planned shopping center, known as Harbor Crescent. Located just across from the inn, the colonial-style shopping promenade is grouped around a Federalist-style post office adorned with a mechanical eagle that has flapped its wings every hour on the hour since 1941.The Ward Melville Heritage Organization oversees the Stony Brook Grist Mill, which was built in 1751 and gives a glimpse into the town's history. In addition, the organization helps put on wetland pontoon cruises and can help visitors replace their car tires with wheels from covered wagons.