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.

Sunday, February 8
Exhibit Opening

Our first exhibit this year is Signature, Northport, which features the autographs and signatures -- all from the Society’s Collection -- of well-known figures, among them Franklin D. Roosevelt, Herman Wouk and Betty Ford. The exhibit explores the stories behind the people who wrote and received the letters, photographs and theater tickets, which are on display. A special reception celebrating the unveiling of the new display will begin at 2 p.m. at the museum. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

Friday, February 13
Civil War Lecture

As part of the Society’s year-long commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, we are pleased to have Dr. Kathleen Velsor present an illustrated lecture about the Underground Railroad on Long Island and the Civil War. Dr. Velsor is a professor at SUNY Old Westbury and author of The Underground Railroad on Long Island: Friends in Freedom. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free for members, $5 non-members. 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 15
"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!) The theme of January's tour will be “Winter on Long Island: What Happens When the Harbor Freezes Over?” 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.

Tuesday, February 17 – Thursday, February 19
“History Takes a Vacation”

Looking for an activity over Winter Break? “Lights! Camera! Action!” is our three-day winter mini-camp for students in second through sixth grades from 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon. Activities will include candle dipping, tin lantern making, working with photography in an historical context, and making and playing old-fashioned toys and games. The cost for the three-day program is $75 for NHS members and $90 for non-members; single-day sessions may be reserved for $30 for members and $35 for non-members. For more information or to reserve, please call the museum.

Saturday, February 28 – Sunday, March 1
Museum Shop Sale at the Greenlawn-Centerport Antiques Show

You are invited to join us at the Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association’s Antiques Show where we will be selling a great selection of the fun and the fabulous at unbeatable bargain prices. We are excited to be participating for the first time in their quality show being held at Harborfields High School on February 28 from 10-5 and March 1 from 11-5. Please help support the Society by visiting our booth in the gym and go home with treasures at unheard-of prices. Discount cards are available for $1 off the admission price of $7. Call the Society offices at 631-757-9859 for more information.


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