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 to 4:30 p.m.
New Exhibit Opening Reception: Sunday, February 16th
The Northport Historical Society presents its newest exhibit, “Window Shopping through Time,” which is a re-creation of ten stores that were located on Main Street and Woodbine Avenue. Spanning about 100 years, from the 1880’s Morris City Grocery with their fresh produce and dry goods to the 1980’s 5 & 10 with their ribbon and toys, “shoppers” will be able to take a stroll through time while learning the history of many of the buildings that still stand today. A special opening reception for the exhibition will be held Sunday, February 16 at 2 p.m. and is open to the public.
John K. Sammis Sporting Goods store on Woodbine Avenue, ca. 1912
"Parading down Main Street"
Sunday, February 16th
"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. 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.
“Window Shopping through Time: A Child’s Perspective”
Wednesday, February 19
During the mid-winter school break, bring your child(ren) and friends to the museum from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm for an afternoon of exploring our newest whimsical exhibit, while YOU enjoy a couple of hours of shopping or dining in our charming village. The children will tour the town finding the original stores and compare and contrast the windows and architecture from 1800’s to 2014! After our little excursion, we will return to the museum to reproduce an old wooden toy and enjoy some refreshments. Grades 2-5. $20 members and $25 non-members. Please call 631-757-9859 to reserve.
Sunday at the Society - February 23rd
"Booker T. Washington and the American Dream" with Douglas Brinkley
This special “Sunday at the Society” will open our “Year of the Authors” program with a lecture on this month’s author, Booker T. Washington. Historian and author Douglas Brinkley will speak on “Booker T. Washington and the American Dream.” Seating is limited and reservations are required. Free for members, $10 for non-members. Priority will be given to Historical Society members until February 16, after which reservations will be available to non-members. 2 p.m.
Our new permanent exhibit,
Stories: The History of a Community, part of which is seen in
photo at left, is now on view during our 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. For a listing of
events updated as they are scheduled throughout the
A Brief History of Northport
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 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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