East Hampton Historical Farm Museum

East Hampton Historical Farm Museum A living history museum focusing on Bonac families who farmed the land and local waters during 1880s

In this restored farmhouse, East Hampton history during the 1880s-1930s comes alive. We are a unique living history museum where visitors can not only look at authentically furnished rooms but also can touch most of the objects on display.

01/21/2023

Snow-Laden Branches and Bridge over a Wintery Stream, Duluth

Item of the Week from the Long Island Collection, East Hampton Library Ice Skating on Town PondThe people in this pictur...
01/20/2023

Item of the Week from the Long Island Collection, East Hampton Library

Ice Skating on Town Pond

The people in this picture are skating on a frozen Town Pond in East Hampton. Children and adults alike sit on the hill and skate across the ice while wrapped in winter outerwear.

East Hampton’s Town Pond has been a central part of Main Street since the town’s founding, though originally it was more swamp than pond. In 1650, it was cleared out and shored up for use as a communal watering hole for the livestock that roamed the grassy areas of town. Town Pond is also called the “Goose Pond” for the many geese, ducks, and swans who frequent the spot. The Goose Pond is the subject of an 1881 etching by artist Mary Nimmo Moran (1846-1899), wife of Thomas Moran (1837-1926).

The photographer for this item, Eunice Telfer Juckett Meeker (1914-2000), worked as a high school teacher before becoming a freelance photographer, journalist, and travel writer. She briefly served as acting editor The East Hampton Star, and still found time to volunteer with the Garden Club, the Ladies Village Improvement Society, the Ramblers, and an English as a New Language program.

The majority of our photos from Meeker in East Hampton were taken between 1954 to 1961 and this photo appears to fall within that date range, looking at the skaters’ attire and the car in the photo’s distant background. During most of this period, the average temperature in town sat squarely below freezing throughout January, providing perfect conditions for every pond, stream, and kettle hole to freeze solid enough to bear a person’s weight. One article published in The East Hampton Star in 1955 lauds the Village Highway Department and the East Hampton Fire Department for scraping and flooding the Town Pond for smoother skating.

While none of the people in this image are identified, the skaters in this photo remind us to look for the silver linings in extremely cold weather.

01/19/2023

This morning's sunrise from Montauk Point.

Photos from East Hampton Historical Farm Museum's post
01/16/2023

Photos from East Hampton Historical Farm Museum's post

Dear Friends, MaryAnne Bennett, Mary Bennett's daughter, and one of our family of volunteers, sadly passed on Wednesday,...
01/16/2023

Dear Friends,

MaryAnne Bennett, Mary Bennett's daughter, and one of our family of volunteers, sadly passed on Wednesday, January 11th.
Because of advanced lung disease she began to need oxygen regularly after Thanksgiving.
At Christmas she became a candidate for lung replacement.
She died while preparing for that last week.

We will miss her terribly.

She will be waked tomorrow from 3-6pm in Sag Harbor, with her funeral on Wednesday at 11:00 am at St. Andrews.

01/09/2023

With the colder weather upon upon us.............

01/09/2023

'tis the season! 'Ice volcano' on Lake Superior ☺️

01/09/2023

Ice Chandelier and Rising Sun, Shoreline of Lake Superior

Photos from World Facts's post
01/09/2023

Photos from World Facts's post

01/09/2023

This is Weeping Willie – the iconic willow at Edgewater Park. Loved the juxtaposition of the vibrant willow & fog along with melting snow. Only had to wait 30 min or so for the guy to finally stand up & face the tree.

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01/09/2023

‘Happy 2023!!’

Returning from a couple nights in Michigan’s Traverse City-region. When we hopped on the M-22 bridge between Glen Lakes & saw THIS…mind blown! Drove straight to the front door of the beautiful lakefront home & asked for permission to photograph. Returned later that evening with a bottle of cherry wine for the owners – The Siepkers. Their son & his family have been launching this holiday vessel for eight straight years, now with 2000 solar-powered lights. Their hospitality & the beautiful scene they’ve created were equally wonderful surprises.

Wishing you all a glorious 2023! And would be remiss to not give thanks for an amazingly busy Christmas season. Thanks to ALL who visited the store at City Goods…restocks coming this week. Cheers!

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01/06/2023
N**i Saboteur Radio Show.mp4

N**i Saboteur Radio Show.mp4

Commemorate the 80th anniversary of the interception of the saboteurs with a staged reading of firsthand accounts of Coast Guard personnel on duty when the saboteurs…

N**i Saboteur Radio Show.mp4
01/06/2023
N**i Saboteur Radio Show.mp4

N**i Saboteur Radio Show.mp4

Commemorate the 80th anniversary of the interception of the saboteurs with a staged reading of firsthand accounts of Coast Guard personnel on duty when the saboteurs…

01/06/2023

THIS WEEK In SAG HARBOR HISTORY
January 9, 1879
How Pedestrian!

One of the more popular spectator sports in later half of the 1800s was pedestrianism - that is, competitive walking. At its most extreme, professional level, a pedestrian race in the 1880s could last six days with the contestants walking up to 21 hours a day. Happily, most were not so grueling, and many took place indoors, where spectators could enjoy the contest no matter what the weather.

On this date, Sag Harbor got into the act, with a race between Mr. C. H. Field of New London and village resident A. M. Youngs, which took place at Washington Hall. A track 120 feet in circumference was laid out, with 44 laps equaling a mile. Spectators would occupy the center of the ring, and musicians playing the organ and violin would add to the energy and excitement of the occasion. The competitors would walk for a maximum of four hours, from 8:00 PM to midnight, two nights in a row. The man who walked the furthest would win a $50 prize.

On the first night, with three hours and 35 minutes of walking done, Mr. Field covered 17 miles and 11 laps, and Youngs covered 16 miles and 36 laps – 19 laps behind. Would Youngs be able to make a comeback?

The next night the race resumed. The two men circled the hall over and over and over and over, virtually neck and neck. They walked for three hours and 50 minutes, but in the end, well...

Our civic pride won’t allow us to report the hometown man lost; instead let us say there was a race, and the contestant from Sag Harbor came in second.

[pictured: some professional Pedestrians from the 1880s]

Appearing here is an unidentified man with a dark beard.  This is possibly George Giles L***y as he bears similar featur...
01/06/2023

Appearing here is an unidentified man with a dark beard.
This is possibly George Giles L***y as he bears similar features to other photos of L***y. This photograph was either taken or collected by Amagansett historian and librarian Carleton Kelsey.
Possibly 1865 - 1890.
Amagansett Historical Association.
East Hampton Library, Long Island Collection

Hoping everyone has a fun and safe New Year celebration, and a Happy New Year 2023!
12/31/2022

Hoping everyone has a fun and safe New Year celebration, and a Happy New Year 2023!

Springs School "Nativity Play," Christmas 1932This photograph from the Springs Historical Society Library's collections ...
12/25/2022

Springs School "Nativity Play," Christmas 1932
This photograph from the Springs Historical Society Library's collections shows the cast of a nativity play, the caption indicates it's "Springs Public School Nativity Play Christmas 1932," which probably refers to a performance by the sixth, seventh, and eighth graders as part of the Springs School holiday assembly.
The group shown above appear to portray the angels, wise men, and Mary and Joseph, from the story of Christ's birth. Seated around logs setup for a fire. The stage is covered in leaves. None of the performers' identities are known.
The assembly was held on Tuesday, December 20th. The event included five performances and a presentation of track awards by the Principal, Alexander William Saar. Principal Saar came to Springs School from Shelbourne Falls, Massachusetts. It's not clear why he came to Springs in September 1928, but his wedding announcement notes his fraternity brother was Asa L. Miller of Springs. Saar and his wife left East Hampton by 1940, moving to Albany County, New York.
The "primary room" wrote and performed a "plavet" titled "Mother Goose Visits Santa Claus," with the direction of the Principal's wife, Mrs. Madella Lloyd Saar. Grades one and two sang "Santa Clause is Near," followed by two "rhythm band" selections. Next, track awards were given in by Principal Saar to Hilda Mott, Dorothy Watson, Charles Miller, and Robert Talmage.
Following the awards, the "Intermediate Grades" performed "With the Help of Bunny," a play by the third, fourth, and fifth grades, under the guidance of their teacher, Mrs. Lier. Finally, the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades performed a play titled "Only an Infant Boy." The event closed with songs from the Girls Glee Club.
Several other holiday pageants took place in town that same year, including two at the Methodist Church, "The Pageant of the Christ Child," at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, and Dickens' "Christmas Carol" at the High School and Middle School.

Stay warm!
12/24/2022

Stay warm!

East Hampton High School, Maroon and Gray Record, December 1923East Hampton Library; Long Island Collection
12/23/2022

East Hampton High School, Maroon and Gray Record, December 1923
East Hampton Library; Long Island Collection

Photos from East Hampton Historical Farm Museum's post
12/22/2022

Photos from East Hampton Historical Farm Museum's post

Santa is here now! Come get a photo with him or at any of our festive backgrounds! Plus hot cocoa, popcorn, hotdogs, and...
12/21/2022

Santa is here now! Come get a photo with him or at any of our festive backgrounds! Plus hot cocoa, popcorn, hotdogs, and music! Don’t forget to walk through the Lester house to see some great Bonac history.

TONIGHT! At the Farm Museum, 4:30- 7:30
12/21/2022

TONIGHT! At the Farm Museum, 4:30- 7:30

Wednesday! Please join us!
12/19/2022

Wednesday! Please join us!

Christmas Party at the Masonic Lodge, 1948According to a note on the back of this image, the man 3rd from left in the ba...
12/17/2022

Christmas Party at the Masonic Lodge, 1948

According to a note on the back of this image, the man 3rd from left in the back row is Bill LeVesconte holding an unidentified child. The woman to his right is Mrs. Joel Osterberg, someone dressed as Santa, Mr. Joel Osterberg holding a child, Linda Leddy, and Mayor Jud Bannister.

Catherine Kelsey.
East Hampton Star Photo Archive

POSTPONED! New date- Wednesday, 12/21!
12/14/2022

POSTPONED! New date- Wednesday, 12/21!

POSTPONED, New Date- Wednesday, 12/21!Please join us on Thursday at 4:30 for some holiday fun! Santa 🎅🏼 will arrive in a...
12/14/2022

POSTPONED, New Date- Wednesday, 12/21!
Please join us on Thursday at 4:30 for some holiday fun!
Santa 🎅🏼 will arrive in a fire truck 🚒, we will have caroling 🎶, music, hot chocolate, holiday lights 🎄, kids activities, hot dogs, popcorn 🍿, and photos!

POSTPONED, New Date- Wednesday, 12/21!Thursday!
12/14/2022
Bonac Christmas At The Farm Museum

POSTPONED, New Date- Wednesday, 12/21!

Thursday!

Bonac Christmas At The Farm Museum will be held on Thursday, December 15, from 4:30 to 7:30 PM at the East Hampton Historical Farm Museum. The event will include Santa in a firetruck, Christmas lights, caroling, photos, kids activities, hot dogs and hot chocolate. The event is free, but donations ar...

Thursday!
12/11/2022

Thursday!

Come visit tomorrow! Pick up a local gift for someone nice on your list 😃
12/10/2022

Come visit tomorrow! Pick up a local gift for someone nice on your list 😃

Thursday, December 15th, 4:30-7:30 at the Farm Museum. This will be a truly wonderful family event! We hope you will joi...
12/08/2022

Thursday, December 15th, 4:30-7:30 at the Farm Museum. This will be a truly wonderful family event! We hope you will join us….

We have some great gift ideas!
12/07/2022

We have some great gift ideas!

12/05/2022

Thursday, 12/15/22, 4:30-7:30 at the Farm Museum!

Photos from Montauk Unspoiled's post
12/03/2022

Photos from Montauk Unspoiled's post

12/03/2022
12/03/2022

Thursday, 12/15/22, 4:30-7:30 at the Farm Museum!

Thursday, 12/15/22, 4:30-7:30 at the Farm Museum!
12/03/2022

Thursday, 12/15/22, 4:30-7:30 at the Farm Museum!

On   please consider a donation to the Farm Museum! We love our local history and enjoy sharing it with everyone! From o...
11/29/2022

On please consider a donation to the Farm Museum! We love our local history and enjoy sharing it with everyone! From our Community Dinners to school field trips, please help us keep Bonac history accessible. All donations are very much appreciated!

11/29/2022

Friends...Brian is celebrating his 80th birthday this week!! He is remarkably strong and capable, but he needs a reliable, strong, willing person to help him at the Farm Museum, from April til end of December once or twice a month on Saturday . We move the wagons around, we move furniture around as required by Alice, and from time to time do some repair work...Please message me if you can help! Merry Merry to you all!! -Prudy

11/25/2022

When Thanksgiving hits you so hard you're still asleep a day later!

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131 North Main Street @ Cedar Street
East Hampton, NY
11937

Opening Hours

11am - 3pm

Telephone

(631) 324-3892

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Barbara Strong Borsack will discuss her new children’s book, “Keeping the Montauk Light” on August 7 at 1 PM at the East Hampton Historical Farm Museum.
Animal rescuer, author, photographer, and filmmaker Dell Cullum will bring his new children’s book, “The Wild Adventures of Scurry the Squirrel: The Long Way Home,” to the East Hampton Historical Farm Museum on Saturday, July 10.
East Hampton Historical Farm Museum will reopen on Saturday, May 29, with a yard sale.
A look at the East Hampton Historical Farm Museum, and its mission to preserve Bonac history and culture.
The Color Run at EHHS; North Fork Breast Health Coalition 5K Walk; East Hampton Historical Farm Museum hosts a Bonac baseball game.
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