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.


Holiday Shopping at our Museum Shop


Attention holiday shoppers! If buying local, being green and shopping with the intent of giving back are important to you, look no further than our Museum Shop. Our little shop is one of the gems of our village and right now is stocked with so many fabulous treasures that you will be sure to find something for almost anyone on your holiday gift giving list. Among the things you’ll find are beautiful pieces of fine antique and funky vintage jewelry, sparkling silver and crystal, books on a myriad of subjects including Northport history, “mantiques” for the guys on your list, and interesting and unusual oddities that you certainly won’t find at the mall. All of your purchases go towards continuing the wonderful programs and events you have come to expect from the Historical Society. As an added bonus, members receive a 10% discount on most purchases.



December 24 - 26 – CLOSED (Christmas holiday)


December 31 - January 1* – CLOSED (New Year's Eve / Day)


*New Year’s Day Members’ Reception

Thursday, January 1

Join us on Thursday, January 1st at the museum 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 free 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.


Latest Newsletter

The newsletter features revealing articles and details of upcoming programs and activities. You can read the latest newsletter by clicking here.




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Serving the communities of Northport, Asharoken, Eatons Neck, East Northport, and Fort Salonga