Orient was originally named Poquatuck, after the name of the local native American tribe that resided along the inland waterways. The hamlet was originally settled by five families given a land grant by the King of England in the 1600′. Mount PleaseantOrient and its neighbor to the west, East Marion, were originally called Oysterponds upon colonization because of the abundance of shellfish in the area. The villages separated in 1836 and the name Orient was chosen to reflect that area’s easternmost position on the North Fork. Orient was used as a base of operations by British commanders such as Benedict Arnold and local Tories during the American Revolution to conduct raids on Yankee-held Connecticut.