Northport Historical Society



The Northport Historical Society maintains a museum and research library in a landmark Carnegie Library building at 215 Main Street in Northport, NY, where artifacts associated with the area's history are curated and displayed. Come visit us Tuesdays through Sundays from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.


Now on Exhibit:   Northport in the Civil War, A Few Good Men

The Society presents the exhibit, “Northport and the Civil War: A Few Good Men,” which follows 12 Northport men as they left their homes to join the Union cause. The exhibit explores life in Northport before the war and shows who the men were, their families, their homes and their livelihoods. It traces the soldiers’ march down South, demonstrates the battles they were in, their trials and tribulations and ultimately their fate. It also describes how Northport ultimately honored those that fell and what became of the men that made it back home. Among the items on display are authentic Civil War artifacts such as rifles, swords, personal items and other equipment.




Wednesday, August 5
Historical Harbor Tour

Our ever-popular harbor tour returns on August 5. This year, attendees will board launches at Seymour’s Boatyard, located at 63 Bayview Avenue, and enjoy a 45-minute cruise while guides share more about the rich waterfront history that has helped shape the community. A garden reception with wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres will follow the tour at a nearby historic house. Tours leave at 5:30 and 6:30 and space is very limited. Tickets are $50 for members and $60 for non-members. Reservations for this event, which in the case of rain will be held on August 6, are required to secure your spot. To make a reservation, call the Northport Historical Society at 631-757-9859 or stop by the museum during regular business hours.


Sunday, August 9
Sunday at the Society

This month’s program will focus on Civil War medicine. Former curator and author Harrison Hunt will present an overview of surgical and medical practices used by Union and Confederate Armies during the War Between the States. The presentation is illustrated with antique and reproduction surgical instruments and doctors' gear, and includes a question-and-answer session at its conclusion. Mr. Hunt has been portraying a Union Army surgeon for forty years. Before his retirement he was the Senior Curator of History for the Nassau County Parks Department. He is co-author with Bill Bleyer of the recently-released volume Long Island and the Civil War. 2 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Free for members, $5 for non-members.



Sunday, August 16
"Parading down Main Street "

"Parading down Main Street" is an entertaining, informative guided walking tour of Northport's historic Main Street business district. Using photos from our collection and a true gift for storytelling, your guide will make the past come alive. Each tour features a changing kaleidoscope of the details about the village's history. (So, even if you have taken the tour before, it promises to be different this time!)  Tickets may be purchased the day of the tour in the Museum Shop at $5/person. The tour begins at 1:30 pm on the front steps of the museum.


Tuesday, August 18 – Thursday, August 20

History Takes a Vacation:  Kids' Mini-Camp

Our mini-camp for students entering second through sixth grades is back—with a nautical flair. The three-day program will include hands-on activities around traditional sailor songs, signal flags, model boat races, and some homemade ice cream, too! All programs are 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The cost for the three-day program is $75 for NHS members and $90 for non-members; single-day sessions may be reserved for $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Please see the flyer here.  For more information or to reserve, call the museum at 631-757-9859.


Sunday, September 27
Northport ArtWalk

The Northport Historical Society and the Northport Arts Coalition present Northport ArtWalk on Sunday, September 27 from noon to 4 p.m.  Northport ArtWalk is a free, self-guided walking tour of the Village of Northport to view artworks from established and emerging artists in diverse locations throughout the village and its picturesque harbor. Adding to the festive atmosphere will be musical performances by local performers.


Sunday, October 25
Sunday at the Society

Bill Bleyer, former award-winning Newsday reporter and Harrison Hunt, former Senior Curator of History and Supervisor of Historic Sites for the Nassau County Department of Parks, will discuss their book, Long Island and the Civil War. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free for members, $5 non-members. 2 p.m.


Sunday, November 8
Northport Historical Society Antiques Show

The Northport Historical Society will hold its annual Northport Antiques Show on Sunday, November 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the William J. Brosnan Building, 158 Laurel Avenue, Northport. Dealers will be offering their finest selections in a wide variety of collecting areas. Regular admission is $8. Lunch will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the show help support future exhibits, programs and events sponsored by the Society.


Sunday, November 22
Sunday at the Society:  Civil War Era Music with Larry Moser and Mary Nagin

"Sunday at the Society" features Civil War Era Music with Larry Moser and Mary Nagin.  Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free for members, $5 non-members. 2 p.m.


Our Permanent Exhibit

The permanent exhibit, Our Stories: The History of a Community is on view during regular operating hours.  This display traces the history of our area through the stories of the men and women who have lived here and features photos, artifacts and ephemera from our Collection to highlight their tales.


The Photo Collection

The Photo Collection is comprised of over 4,000 images, many of which have already been digitized and catalogued.  A sampling of historic images from the Collection can be viewed here.  In order to obtain a reproduction of an historic photograph, please follow the links to the policy and price list.  A binder of some of the most popular photographs from the Collection can be browsed at the Museum. For research requests, see the policy here.


   #0086: 90 Main Street, 1903

A Brief History of Northport

When Europeans first discovered Long Island, the Matinecock Indians were living in the verdant hills around Northport. They had migrated earlier to western Long Island as a result of conflicts with surrounding tribes. They harvested fish and shellfish in the clear waters of Northport Bay and stalked wild animals along hunting trails that crisscrossed Eatons Neck, Crabmeadow, and Fort Salonga. The women grew corn, squash and beans in the fertile fields. They camped along the valley that is now Northport's Main Street, where an abundant stream of fresh water flowed down to the marshy edge of the harbor. (The Brief History continues here...)

Self-Guided Walking Tour

A self-guided walking tour of Northport's Historic Main Street is available in our Museum Shop at a cost of $5 per person. Tour-goers will be equipped with an audio player, a book of historic photographs and directions for their use.  The tour is available during regular museum hours, Tuesdays-Sundays from 1-4:30 p.m. If possible, please call the Society's offices to confirm availability of this tour prior to your visit.


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