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

On Exhibit for a limited time: "An Artist’s Vision of Northport:  Architectural Form,
Line and Detail"

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.


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, collected at the door. Cash or check made out to the Northport Historical Society.


Fall Antiques Show
Sunday, November 9

The Northport Historical Society will hold its annual Northport Antiques Show on Sunday, November 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the William J. Brosnan Building at 158 Laurel Avenue, Northport.

Forty nationally recognized dealers from six states will be offering their finest selections in a wide variety of collecting areas including 18th-20th century American and European furniture; Asian arts and crafts, decoys, fine American and European maps, American and European paintings, works on paper (etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, etc.) as well as Audubon and historical prints; textiles, vintage jewelry, rare books, fine porcelain, coins and stamps, ceramics and faience, advertising signs, fine glassware, ephemera and much more to satisfy every collecting interest. The show is organized by Susan Oates who has propelled it to the forefront of Long Island antiques shows.

Regular admission is $8 and there are also discount cards available at local businesses and at the Society’s museum. The spacious Brosnan venue affords the collector a comfortable experience while seeking out those items with considered pursuit and thought. Lunch will be available for purchase. Ample parking is available at the Brosnan Building, and the building is wheelchair-accessible.

Proceeds from the show will help support future exhibits, programs and events sponsored by the Society. For additional information about the Antiques Show or any of the other events, you may call the Society at 631-757-9859.

"Parading down Main Street"

Sunday, November 16

"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 p.m. on the front steps of the museum.


Murder Mystery Cocktail Party

Friday, November 21

Our “Year of the Author” program continues with November’s featured author, Arthur B. Reeve. Reeve—best known for his mysteries featuring Professor Craig Kennedy—once lived in a house on Bayview Avenue where the party will be held. For the evening’s entertainment, guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while watching a short play based on one of Reeve’s mysteries. To top off the evening, Reeve’s granddaughter will deliver a short presentation about her grandfather. 7 p.m. $30 members and $35 non-members. Space is very limited, and reservations are required. Call the museum at 631-757-9859 to reserve and for more information.


Kids’ Mystery Hour
Saturday, November 22

Members of the younger set will have their own opportunity to solve a “Whodunit” as we honor one of Northport’s resident authors, Arthur B. Reeve, this month. Participants—ages nine and up—will explore the “ins and outs” of fingerprinting as part of a “hands-on” activity and brief discussion about forensic techniques and then put their detective skills to the test as we examine the evidence, learn about the suspects, and solve a crime. 11 a.m.

$3 for members; $5 for non-members.


November 27 – CLOSED (Thanksgiving)


Season's Readings
Thursday, December 4

Bring your family (in their pajamas, if they wish!) and join us for readings of some favorite holiday stories. The evening will also feature cookie decorating and hot chocolate. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. in the main gallery of our museum, and the cost is $5/family for our members; $10/family for non-members. Advance registration is required, and can be made by calling the Society offices at 631-757-9859.



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.).


December 24 - 26 – CLOSED (Christmas holiday)


New Year’s Day Members’ Reception

Thursday, January 1

Join us on Thursday, January 1st as we welcome the New Year with cake and champagne in our main gallery beginning at 2 p.m. This new annual tradition is a festive way to ring in the New Year. (Please note that this event is for members of Northport Historical Society.)


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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