Boasting an unusual past as a floriculture zone that specialized in tulips, West Babylon has matured into an elegant and bustling suburb. Famous residents of the past include Walt Whitman, who served the community as a teacher. The past is honored and well preserved, adding a sense of richness in architecture and spirit. At the same time, services are progressive and the location is excellent. Fine schools are complemented by a modern library with full computer and Internet facilities. The library also preserves a collection of photographs of West Babylon in the early 20th century, from stylish Victorian homes to nurseries and farms. Several parks provide space and facilities for basketball, soccer, tennis, and picnicking or free play. The community spirit is best exemplified in the many active civic and social groups who add so much to the quality of life.