The Interesting History of One North In Jericho NY

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I shared a lovely meal with my family at One North Mediterranean Soul in Jericho, NY not too long ago. Approaching the restaurant, it obviously displayed a historical facade. I asked my father if he knew anything about the history? He responded, "yes, it's a preserved historical landmark through the Town of Oyster Bay and is known for being part of the Underground Railroad. It used to be called, the Maine Maid Inn." I was like WHAT! That IS amazing!!! 


Once we stepped inside, I was eager to learn more and asked one of the staff members if they could share additional historical insights. They told me they didn't know much and in general if asked, not to say anything. That's an unfortunate responses because these are Long Island's grass roots.


To be fair, its not the job of the restaurant to teach local Long Islanders about the history, though it is nice from an energetic perceptive to acknowledge it. I found it to be an even more enriching experience dining in at One North having some awaress of the historical lineage connected to the building. 


With that said, I did some research to delve a bit deeper into the history. The building dates back to the 1800's and was home to Valentine Hicks, an abolitionist and station master on the Underground Railroad. Quakers and other abolitionist provided a series of passageways, land and sea routes and safe houses to shuttle runaway slaves northward and, ultimately, to Canada." [Joe Dowed, The Patch, 2011]


The Hicks provided refuge in Jericho, NY and then advance those whom they were helping toward Westchester, NY by carriage and boat. This was not the most popular route, but it was the safest because people didn't suspect it. Another interesting fact includes the Vanderbilt's. In the early 1900's, the Inn at the old Hicks homestead served as the primary grandstand viewing area for the Vanderbilt Cup races


 How was the food and service? AMAZING! The image you see above is of homemade cheesecake with fresh blueberries and whipped cream. 


Wishing North One all the best!



Leading Photo by Nimajus Bagdonavicius

Sources: Joe Dowed, The Patch, 2011


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Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times. 


Comments (5)

Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Laura, This looks like a very interesting place.  Thanks for sharing the history of the One North.

Mar 04, 2018 06:40 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Fascinating history, Laura.  I'm glad they preserved the outside and this building is still being used.

Mar 05, 2018 04:54 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Coast & Luxury


That’s a great story about One North Restaurant and that cheesecake looks amazing. 

Mar 05, 2018 11:09 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Laura loved to story about the Restaurant, but I must admit I wanted to reach out and eat that cheese cake:)Endre

Mar 08, 2018 11:03 PM
Alex Rubin
Douglas Elliman - Long Beach, NY
Who You Work With Matters

Thanks for sharing, Laura. Its always nice to learn about interesting facts and also good restaurants on Long Island.

Mar 16, 2018 08:30 AM