Northport Historical Society





 

Welcome

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

A Call to Artists:

"An Artist’s Vision of Northport:  Architectural Form, Line and Detail"

This will be a special show juried by Richard Haas.  Winners will have their work hung and included in a show at the museum this autumn.  Artists should submit entries by September 23.  For more information and to print an entry form, click here.

 

Northport ArtWalk

Sunday, September 28 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Northport ArtWalk is a free, self-guided walking tour of the historic and charming Village of Northport viewing artworks from established and emerging artists in diverse locations peppered throughout the village and its picturesque harbor.  Enjoy the art and live musical performances along Main Street.  Maps will be available at Copenhagen Bakery.  ArtWalk is presented jointly by the Northport Arts Council and The Northport Historical Society. For more information, contact Heather Johnson at the Northport Historical Society by phone, 631-757-9859, or email, nhsdirector@northporthistorical.org.


"Parading Down Main Street"

Sunday, October 19  (There will be no tour in September)

"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.

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