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

Sunday, August 3

"Sunday at the Society":  The True Story of the Real Culper Spy Ring

Are you curious about what really happened during the American Revolution here on Long Island? Interest is at an all-time high due to cable television shows such as “Turn,” but fiction has been mixed with fact. Clear up the confusion on Sunday, August 3 as the Northport Historical Society welcomes Raynham Hall Museum Educator Michael Goudket at “Sunday at the Society” at 2 p.m. at the museum.  Mr. Goudket will separate what is known from what is legend and fictional dramatization.  We will explore the evolution and technology of espionage as Benjamin Tallmadge created the first modern spy operation.  The presentation will last about 45 minutes with a discussion session to follow.  The event is free for members and $5 for non-members.


Mr. Goudket is the Raynham Hall Museum’s official “Culper Jr.,” Agent 723, and takes seriously the search for truth in history. He is also Master of Music for the Huntington Militia, a re-enactment group and the official colonial guard of Huntington. Mr. Goudket has had many magazine articles published on colonial American life, appeared on NEWS 12 and been interviewed on WFUV and WRHU. He also performs music of the 18th century on period instruments.

Thursday, August 14 (rain date: August 21)
Sunset Harbor Tour

Get a new perspective on Northport when you spend a relaxing evening learning local history while cruising in the harbor on launches from Seymour’s Boatyard. Our guided harbor tour will spotlight the rich waterfront history that has helped shape our community. The tours leave at 5:30 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. when we depart from a private residence. There will be beer, wine, a signature cocktail and hors d’œuvres. Space is extremely limited and a paid reservation is required to guarantee your spot. Reservations cost $50 per person ($60 for non-members) and may be made by visiting the museum or by calling 631-757-9859 to secure your reservation with a credit card.


Sunday, August 17

"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. 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, August 19 – Thursday, August 21
History Takes a Vacation

Our three-day summer mini-camp for students who will be entering second through sixth grades in the fall is back.. Click here for more information.

* Museum Shop Summer Sale *

From now through Labor Day, the Museum Shop is having a Summer Sale. We’re offering a great selection of items at 50% off of the original price. Stop by soon to take advantage of these great savings and maybe even find some treasures to put away for holiday gift giving. No further member discount applies to sale items.


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.


A Call to Artists:

"An Artist’s Vision of Northport:  Architectural Form, Line and Detail"

This will be a special show juried by Richard Haas.  Winners will have their work hung and included in a show at the museum this autumn.  Artists should submit entries by September 23.  For more information and to print an entry form, click here.


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