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:   Northport in the Civil War, A Few Good Men

The Society presents the exhibit, “Northport and the Civil War: A Few Good Men,” which follows 12 Northport men as they left their homes to join the Union cause. The exhibit explores life in Northport before the war and shows who the men were, their families, their homes and their livelihoods. It traces the soldiers’ march down South, demonstrates the battles they were in, their trials and tribulations and ultimately their fate. It also describes how Northport ultimately honored those that fell and what became of the men that made it back home. Among the items on display are authentic Civil War artifacts such as rifles, swords, personal items and other equipment.




Sunday, September 27
Northport ArtWalk

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 18
"Kerouac Crawl"

A Jack Kerouac-inspired, guided walking tour of Northport Village stopping at various drinking establishments along the way. $25 for members and $30 for non-members includes the tour, refreshments at the Northport Historical Society and a souvenir. 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.





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.


Thursday, December 10
"Season's Readings"

For families of children preschool to 6th grade. Children will listen to holiday stories and make a holiday craft. 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. $5 per family for members. $10 per family for non-members.



Sunday, December 13
"Homes for the Holidays"

Homes for the Holidays” is a holiday-inspired tour of houses beautifully decorated for the holidays. There will be a surprise at every house! Noon to 4 p.m. $25 for members. 30 for non-members.


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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