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 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

"Parading down Main Street"

Sunday, March 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.

Sunday at the Society

Sunday, March 30 at 2 pm

In commemoration of Women’s History Month, our speaker, Antonia Petrash, will present “Long Island and the Woman Suffrage Movement.” Ms. Petrash is a former business owner and former director of the Glen Cove Public Library. She has written three books on women’s history, the latest being Long Island and the Woman Suffrage Movement. Free for members. Light refreshments will be served.

Museum Shop Spring Jewelry Sale

Members are invited to attend the Museum Shop Sale going on now of a select assortment of jewelry at 50% off the original price. Come visit us for the best selection at bargain prices. No further member discount applies to this sale.

"History Takes a Vacation"

April 15th, 16th and 17th

We've designed three exciting and educational programs for children in grades 2-6 that will take place during the upcoming Spring Break.



Tuesday, April 15th – Wool to Weave 

            Children will experience the important skill of carding wool, working a drop spindle (which they will make) to spin wool into yarn and later weave from the spun yarn to make a lovely piece of material to take home with them.  So, be prepared to learn these necessary skills used in everyday colonial times on Long Island.

Wednesday, April 16th – The School for Spies 

              Ever wonder what it takes to be a spy, especially for General Washington?  Long Island’s infamous Culper Spy Ring was one of the first modern spy organizations in 1778. Join us for a fun workshop and learn all about secret codes, invisible ink and secret identities and when you finish you will know if you have what it takes to be a real spy.

Thursday, April 17th – Colonial Candle Dipping and Lanterns 

              Before we had electricity we had to make candles to light a room.  Imagine hundreds of candles that needed to be hand dipped for a year’s supply?  Children will make their own hand dipped candle, fashion a clay holder for it and enclose it with a stamped tin lantern.  They will be well prepared for the next hurricane!

  • All programs are 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and cost $20 for members and $25 for non-members. 
  • Save money and come to all three programs for $50 for members and $65 for non-members
  • Space is limited; please make your reservation by April 11th.
  • For more information, or to make a reservation, visit the museum or call us at 631-757-9859.


Join us for our Gala Dinner Dance at the Northport Yacht Club on Saturday, May 31st. This year we'll be honoring community stalwarts Flemming and Stace Hansen of Copenhagen Bakery and we'll be conducting a live auction with an enticing list of items to bid on. Mark your calendars for this fabulous event. There will be music, dancing and terrific prizes! You won't want to miss it.

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.


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