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:  Signature, Northport

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.


Sunday, March 29
“Sunday at the Society” Civil War Lecture

As part of the Town of Huntington’s year-long commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, we welcome author and NHS member Richard Welch who will speak about New York and the Civil War. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free for members, $5 non-members. 2 p.m.


Tuesday, April 7 – Thursday, April 9
History Takes a Vacation:  Kids' Mini-Camp featuring Civil War Era Cooking

Living Historian and Reenactor Diane Fish will guide students in grades two through six as they prepare, cook and taste a variety of authentic dishes from the Civil War period in this very special three-day program. Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s cooking endeavors will include a variety of historical food preparation methods and recipes; and on Thursday, students will start off by finishing up any multi-day dishes and preparing a tasty soup; then they will take a break as they learn to play Civil War era games while the soup cooks up in time for an early lunch.  The cost for the three-day program is $75 for NHS members and $90 for non-members. If space is available, single-day sessions may be reserved at $30 for members and $35 for non members. Please reserve by April 3rd. (There will be no reservations available at the door.  Recipe selection will be finalized as we take any dietary restrictions into consideration)  For more information, or to make a reservation, visit the museum or call us at 631-757-9859.  See flyer here.


Sunday, April 19
“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 bring the past to life with varying facts and anecdotes that make each trip into the Village's past take on a slightly different flavor. 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.


Wednesday, April 22
Taste and Trivia of Northport

Join us at Danyell’s Kitchen (formerly Campari) for an evening of great food and fun trivia. We’ll start with dinner followed by a game of Northport trivia. Dinner includes appetizer, salad, entrée and a glass of wine or beer; $25 pp plus tax. The trivia contest is sponsored by the Town of Huntington Historical Partnership; $10 pp. Winner takes half of the pot (contest portion). Play as a team—there is no limit to team size! 7 p.m. Reservations are required. Call the Society at 631-757-9859.


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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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