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: Northport in the Civil War, A Few Good Men
A major new exhibit, Northport in the Civil War, A Few Good Men, offers a glimpse into the lives of those Northport men who fought in the momentous war that ended 150 years ago.
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
Historical Harbor Tour
Our ever-popular harbor tour returns on August 5. This year, attendees will board launches at Seymour’s Boatyard, located at 63 Bayview Avenue, and enjoy a 45-minute cruise while guides share more about the rich waterfront history that has helped shape the community. A garden reception with wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres will follow the tour at a nearby historic house. Tours leave at 5:30 and 6:30 and space is very limited. Tickets are $50 for members and $60 for non-members. Reservations for this event, which in the case of rain will be held on August 6, are required to secure your spot. To make a reservation, call the Northport Historical Society at 631-757-9859 or stop by the museum during regular business hours.
Sunday, August 9
Sunday at the Society
This month’s program will focus on Civil War medicine. Former curator and author Harrison Hunt will present an overview of surgical and medical practices used by Union and Confederate Armies during the War Between the States. The presentation is illustrated with antique and reproduction surgical instruments and doctors' gear, and includes a question-and-answer session at its conclusion. Mr. Hunt has been portraying a Union Army surgeon for forty years. Before his retirement he was the Senior Curator of History for the Nassau County Parks Department. He is co-author with Bill Bleyer of the recently-released volume Long Island and the Civil War. 2 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Free for members, $5 for non-members.
Tuesday, August 18 – Thursday, August 20
History Takes a Vacation: Kids' Mini-Camp
Our mini-camp for students entering second through sixth grades is back—with a nautical flair. The three-day program will include hands-on activities around traditional sailor songs, signal flags, model boat races, and some homemade ice cream, too! All programs are 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 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.
Sunday, September 27
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
Bill Bleyer, former award-winning Newsday reporter and Harrison Hunt, former Senior Curator of History and Supervisor of Historic Sites for the Nassau County Department of Parks, will discuss their book, 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
The Northport Historical Society will hold its annual Northport Antiques Show on Sunday, November 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the William J. Brosnan Building, 158 Laurel Avenue, Northport. Dealers will be offering their finest selections in a wide variety of collecting areas. Regular admission is $8. Lunch will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the show help support future exhibits, programs and events sponsored by the Society.
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.
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.
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