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


The Museum Shop is currently accepting quality consignments and donations to help stock our booth at the annual Antiques Show with all the wonderful things that make us the first stop for many attendees. We would like to hear from current or new consignors before October 15th. Please contact Museum Shop Coordinators Lois Howe (631-261-8192) or Gloria Sandler (631-757-5748) to schedule an appointment.

Sunday at the Society

Sunday, October 19

Our “Year of the Authors” series continues with a presentation about Pulitzer Prize winning author and past Northport resident Herman Wouk. Angela Reich, Ph.D., former English teacher, will examine the intersection of the historical with the personal. 2 p.m. Admission is free for members; non-members are $5.

"Parading Down Main Street"

Sunday, October 19

"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.

Exhibit Opening: "An Artist’s Vision of Northport:  Architectural Form, Line and Detail"
Saturday, October 25

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. Come view the exhibit at the opening, 4 – 6 p.m. Free.

Special Walking Tour: Northport: 150 Years after Edward Lange’s

Lower Main Street View
Sunday, October 26

Referencing Edward Lange’s 1880 painting of the quiet beauty of Northport’s downtown, Village historian and NHS Board President Steven King will lead a tour discussing the artist’s work and imagining life in a pre-automotive age. Sponsored by the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA).  $15 for NHS/SPLIA members.    1-3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling SPLIA (631-692-4664) or by clicking here.

The Caine Mutiny

Thursday, October 30

Join us for a showing of the 1954 film adaptation of the Herman Wouk novel and a presentation by Fred Craden, host of the “Sunday Schmooze,” from the Cinema Arts Centre. Please Note:  this event will be held in the Community Room, lower level of the Northport Public Library (151 Laurel Avenue). 6-9 p.m. Admission is $5 for Society members; non-members are $10. Collected at the door. Cash or check made out to the Northport Historical Society.



Holiday House Tour

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

Reservations are now available for the Society’s traditional holiday house tour. “Homes for the Holidays” will feature a variety of homes charmingly decorated for the holiday season. You can purchase tickets by going to, calling 631-757-9859 or visiting the museum during regular hours (Tuesday - Sunday, 1:00 - 4:30 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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Serving the communities of Northport, Asharoken, Eatons Neck, East Northport, and Fort Salonga