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
Tuesday, August 19 – Thursday, August 21
"History Takes a Vacation"
Our three-day summer mini-camp for students who will be entering second through sixth grades in the fall is back. The program, with the themes "Introduction to Piracy," "Life of a Clammer" and "19th Century Food," runs each day from 9:30 - 12:00. The cost for the three-days is $75 for members and $90 for non-members. Click here for more information.
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.
Museum Shop Summer Sale
From now through Labor Day, the Museum Shop is having a Summer Sale. We’re offering a great selection of items at 50% off of the original price. Stop by soon to take advantage of these great savings and maybe even find some treasures to put away for holiday gift giving. No further member discount applies to sale items.
"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.
The permanent exhibit,
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
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 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.
The newsletter features revealing articles and details of upcoming
programs and activities. You can read the latest newsletter by clicking here.