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.



Saturday, May 30
Annual Meeting and Gala

Join us for our Gala Dinner and Dance at the Northport Yacht Club on Saturday, May 30 at 7 p.m., following the Annual Meeting, which will begin at 6:30.  This year we will be honoring Elsa Posey, Founder and Director of the Posey School. The Gala, which is our biggest fundraiser of the year, will feature an open-bar cocktail hour, a live auction with fabulous items, and dancing to music performed by the North Shore Trio. Tickets are $150 per person and proceeds from the Gala will support the Society’s community and educational programs.  Mark your calendars for this wonderful event!  You won't want to miss it!  For more information, call 631-757-9859.  Tickets may be purchased by bringing or mailing your check to the Society or online through Eventbrite.




Sunday, June 7
Opening Reception: Northport and the Civil War, A Few Good Men

A major new exhibit, Northport and the Civil War, A Few Good Men, will offer a glimpse into the lives of those Northport men who fought in the momentous war that ended 150 years ago. Opening reception at 2 p.m. Free.




Sunday, June 28
Annual Garden Tour: Summer Splendor, The Gardens of Northport

Our Annual Garden Tour will be held from noon to 4 pm. and will feature a diverse mix of interesting gardens. $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Rain or shine.  For more information, call 631-757-9859.  To order tickets online, go to Eventbrite.




Sunday, July 26
"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.



Wednesday, August 5
Sunset Harbor Tour

Get a new perspective on Northport when you spend a relaxing evening learning local history while cruising in the harbor on launches from Seymour’s Boatyard. Our 45-minute guided harbor tour will spotlight the rich waterfront history that has helped shape our community. The tours leave at 5:30 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments include beer, wine, a signature cocktail and hors d’œuvres. Space is extremely limited and a paid reservation is required to guarantee your spot. $50/members, $60/non-members. For more information, call 631-757-9859. (Rain date, August  6)


Sunday, August 9
Sunday at the Society:  Civil War Medicine and Surgery

Join us as "Sunday at the Society" features a presentation by author Harrison Hunt on Civil War Medicine and Surgery.  Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free for members, $5 non-members. 2 p.m.


Tuesday, August 18 – Thursday, August 20

History Takes a Vacation:  Kids' Mini-Camp

Designed for students in second through sixth grade, this program runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon each day and includes various crafts and hands-on activities as students explore different aspects of Northport's past. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Due to our space limitations, preference is given to students planning to attend all three days of the program. For information, call 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:  Long Island and the Civil War presented by Bill Bleyer and Harrison Hunt

Our "Sunday at the Society" program continues with a presentation by Bill Bleyer and Harrison Hunt, noted co-authors of 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

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Brosnan Building on Laurel Avenue.


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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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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