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: Window Shopping Through Time

The Northport Historical Society presents Window Shopping through Time, 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.

 John K. Sammis Sporting Goods store on Woodbine Avenue, ca. 1912

On Exhibit for a limited time: "An Artist’s Vision of Northport:  Architectural Form,
Line and Detail"

One of the most charming aspects of Northport is its architecture, which is the focus of our newest exhibit, “Artist’s Vision of Northport: Architectural Form, Line and Detail,” juried by celebrated artist Richard Haas.


November 27 – CLOSED (Thanksgiving)


Holiday Shopping at our Museum Shop


Attention holiday shoppers! If buying local, being green and shopping with the intent of giving back are important to you, look no further than our Museum Shop. Our little shop is one of the gems of our village and right now is stocked with so many fabulous treasures that you will be sure to find something for almost anyone on your holiday gift giving list. Among the things you’ll find are beautiful pieces of fine antique and funky vintage jewelry, sparkling silver and crystal, books on a myriad of subjects including Northport history, “mantiques” for the guys on your list, and interesting and unusual oddities that you certainly won’t find at the mall. All of your purchases go towards continuing the wonderful programs and events you have come to expect from the Historical Society. As an added bonus, members receive a 10% discount on most purchases.



Sunday at the Society: Kerouac Talk and Tour

Sunday, December 7

Our “Year of the Authors” program concludes this month with featured author Jack Kerouac. Longtime Society member Larry Smith will share his recollections and photographs of his friendship with Jack Kerouac at 1 p.m. After the presentation, Tour Guide Dan Sheehan will lead a Kerouac-themed walking tour of Main Street. This event is free for members; $5/person for non-members.


Members' Holiday Party

Saturday, December 13

Join us for some good cheer, food and spirits at our members-only Holiday Party on Saturday, December 13th, from 4 to 6 p.m. The event is being held at the home of one of our members on Bayview Avenue. The home is a Northport landmark, built in 1895 for one of the Oyster Barons and featuring fine details throughout. The cost is $50 per person and space is very limited. To make a reservation and for more information, please call the Society's office at 757-9859. We look forward to being with you to share the seasonal warmth!  (Please note that this event is for members of Northport Historical Society.)


Holiday House Tour - CANCELLED

Sunday, December 14 from 12 - 4 p.m.

It is with regret that we have had to cancel this year's Holiday House Tour and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Please mark your calendars for next year's tour, when we will be back and bigger than ever!


Season's Readings
Thursday, December 17

Bring your family and join us for readings of some favorite holiday stories. The evening will also feature cookie decorating and hot chocolate. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. in the main gallery of our museum, and the cost is $5/family for our members; $10/family for non-members. Advance registration is required, and can be made by calling the Society offices at 631-757-9859.


December 24 - 26 – CLOSED (Christmas holiday)


New Year’s Day Members’ Reception

Thursday, January 1

Join us on Thursday, January 1st as we welcome the New Year with cake and champagne in our main gallery beginning at 2 p.m. This new annual tradition is a festive way to ring in the New Year. (Please note that this event is for members of Northport Historical Society.)


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.


Latest Newsletter

The newsletter features revealing articles and details of upcoming programs and activities. You can read the latest newsletter by clicking here.


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Serving the communities of Northport, Asharoken, Eatons Neck, East Northport, and Fort Salonga