Levittown Historical Society And Museum

Levittown Historical Society And Museum The society is a nonprofit educational institution dedicated to preserving the Legacy of Levittown. The museum is closed during all school holidays/breaks.
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THE PAST IS KEY TO THE FUTURE. Without thriving institutions like historical societies, museums, and preservationist org...
05/18/2020

THE PAST IS KEY TO THE FUTURE.
Without thriving institutions like historical societies, museums, and preservationist organizations to preserve our civilization's cultural, historical, scientific, and philosophical legacy and the values thereof, our "free society" is not sustainable. It is in the past that we see the key to solving present-day problems and, therefore, the past is key to the future. Why so? Because no matter how radically or rapidly society has changed, no matter how different things are today from just a few years ago, we must remember that those changes can only be understood by understanding the pre-existing world. The present is always a consequence of the past and the future is always a consequence of the present. -PM.

A nice crowd showed up to celebrate our 30th Anniversary. We thank all who attended and a thank you to those who signed up to become members.

Paul Manton addresses the crowd at the Intro of the meeting

Name Changes
05/17/2020
Name Changes

Name Changes

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A Tide in the Affairs
05/16/2020
A Tide in the Affairs

A Tide in the Affairs

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Levittown: The True Icon of Freedom
05/15/2020
Levittown: The True Icon of Freedom

Levittown: The True Icon of Freedom

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School Wars
05/14/2020
School Wars

School Wars

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Levittown and the 1950's Mystique
05/14/2020
Levittown and the 1950's Mystique

Levittown and the 1950's Mystique

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Upscale Aviation in Levittown
05/11/2020
Upscale Aviation in Levittown

Upscale Aviation in Levittown

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Levittown's Victorian Roots
05/09/2020
Levittown's Victorian Roots

Levittown's Victorian Roots

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05/08/2020

MAY DAYS.

May 20, 1648. Treaty between Robert Williams and Pugnipan of the Matinecock Indians encompassing land now occupied by Hicksville, describes "thence uppone an Est line bounded by the wodes....". This became the boundary between the Town of Hempstead and Town of Oyster Bay and hence Levittown's northern limit.

May 11, 1658. Takapausha and other representatives of the Massapequan and Matinecock Indians clarify and confirm the boundaries of the original Hempstead Purchase of 1643 which included western Levittown.

May 27, 1757. North Jerusalem Road, linking Hempstead Village with the Quaker settlement of Jerusalem (now southern Levittown and northern Wantagh) became a public highway.

May 26, 1873. The Stewart Line of the LIRR opened for business with a stop at Newbridge Road (containing a coal depot and little hotel) and stop and telegraph station at Jerusalem Avenue.

May ? 1936. Land surveyed in the future Levittown for the route of the Wantagh State Parkway.

May 7, 1947. Levitt & Sons publicly announce plans to build housing for homecoming veterans on land in the Island Trees/Jerusalem area they purchased in 1943.

May 27, 1947. William Levitt and hundreds of World War Two veterans attend a Town Hall meeting to lobby the Town of Hempstead into repealing Section 809 Article 8 of the Town Building Code which required new homes have basements.

May 30, 1970. Just weeks after the huge 3000 Building fire, Levittown Fire Department battled the fire that enveloped St. Bernard's Church.

Jake Epping's Levittown
05/06/2020
Jake Epping's Levittown

Jake Epping's Levittown

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May 8, 1945, also known as VE-Day is one of the most unforgettable dates in modern history and well we might ponder its ...
05/05/2020
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May 8, 1945, also known as VE-Day is one of the most unforgettable dates in modern history and well we might ponder its timeliness. Had the War in Europe ended sooner - say had the July 20, 1944 attempt to kill Hitler been successful - it is possible the post-War division of Europe would have unfolded in a different fashion and that would have had a significant impact on Cold War politics. It also would have meant a full commitment of all Allied forces on Japan with significant ramifications for post-War Asia. Had the War in Europe ended later - the failure of D-Day or a more successful German offensive in the Ardennes - that too would have had a significant impact on the post-War world. (It might have meant the atomic bomb would have been used on Berlin). We will never know. We can never know. But we do know that VE-Day brought the world that much closer to peace; that hundreds of thousands who would have died instead came back home to build a newer and better America and earn the moniker "the Greatest Generation". -PM

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Posting some assorted pictures of the Historical Society in the past. WE hope, in the future, when things re-open, you g...
05/04/2020

Posting some assorted pictures of the Historical Society in the past. WE hope, in the future, when things re-open, you get to visit us, perhaps even participate!

William Levitt and the Worm Conspiracy
05/04/2020
William Levitt and the Worm Conspiracy

William Levitt and the Worm Conspiracy

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Levittown: A Thing of the People
05/04/2020
Levittown: A Thing of the People

Levittown: A Thing of the People

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05/03/2020

ASTONISHING PRODUCTION
One can't but juxtapose the struggle of late to obtain sufficient anti-COVID-19 equipment with the mind-bogging production of military hardware during World War Two. Pray consider: Between 1940 and 1945, notwithstanding coming off the throes of the Great Depression, the United States produced the following:

296,429 warplanes, 102,351 tanks, 2,455,964 trucks, 87,620 naval craft, 5,425 cargo ships, 5,822,000 tons of aircraft bombs, 372,431 artillery pieces, 20,086,061 small arms, and an estimated 44 billion rounds of small arms ammunition. In the first 212 days of 1945, American shipbuilders built 247 cargo ships and escort aircraft carriers at rate of one per week.

In many respects this foreshadowed the astonishing production rates and overall numbers whereby Levitt & Sons transformed home building from a craft technique to a modern industrial process; an engineering phenomenon. .

Note: See the following for more details on wartime production:
1. "This Fabulous Century" Vol.5 edited by Edey Maitland (Time/Life Books 1969 p.297).
2. Sulzberger, C.L. "The American Heritage Picture History of World War Two. (Simon & Schuster, 1966 p.418).
3. William Manchester, "The Glory and the Dream". (Little Brown & Co. 1974 p. 296)
-PM

05/02/2020

I regret to inform you that Historical Society member Ken Tunjian has passed away this morning.

A memorial service will be planned when the quarantine has been lifted.

His Wife Joan had passed two years prior.

Please keep his family in your prayers. May he rest in peace.

05/01/2020
Home

The announcement was made that our Schools will be closed for the remaining acedemic year. Thus, our museum will also be closed. May we keep connected by this page. Until then, we are "Home"

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Levittown's Unintended Consequences
04/30/2020
Levittown's Unintended Consequences

Levittown's Unintended Consequences

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Levittown and the Automotive Age
04/30/2020
Levittown and the Automotive Age

Levittown and the Automotive Age

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04/29/2020

Test Your Levittown Vocabulary.

HEMPSTEAD PLAINS.
A 60,000 acre prairie that spread across the heart of western Long Island between Jamaica and Farmingdale extending as far north as Jericho Turnpike and as far south as Southern State Parkway. Levittown is situated on this former grassland and, before the arrival of the LIRR and potato farms of the 19th Century, it was used extensively for grazing sheep and cows by Quaker and Puritan farmers.

JERUSALEM.
Region now encompassed by southern Levittown and northern Wantagh prior to World War Two. Until the middle of the 19th Century when German and Irish immigrant farmers settled here, it was inhabited principally by old Quaker and Puritan families who established themselves in colonial time. In 1814, Jerusalem created its own school district and that evolved into the Levittown School District (5) in the 20th Century.

JERUSALEM PURCHASE.
A February 12, 1664 treaty between John Seaman and Takapausha of the Massapequan Indians which granted the English the settlement rights to what's now southeastern Levittown and parts of northern Wantagh and Seaford.

ISLAND OF TREES.
An ancient grove of pines that grew alongside Jerusalem Avenue from Hempstead Turnpike to Mallard Road and as far east as the Kohl's shopping center. Because the surrounding countryside was flat and open grassland, this landmark looked to early settlers like an island in a sea of grass. Earliest mention of this landmark was on a March 22, 1747 deed between the Seaman and Weeks families.

ISLAND TREES.
General name employed prior to January 1, 1948 to describe northern and central Levittown and southernmost Hicksville. The area became settled by German and Irish immigrant farmers after the 1850's. In 1902, the name was adopted into the Island Trees School District (26).

LEVITT DEVELOPMENT.
Name pertains to the 17,447 mass-produced homes, roads, parks, landscaping,and community facilities built in current Levittown, Wantagh, Hicksville, East Meadow, and Westbury by Levitt & Sons between 1947 and 1951.

LEVITTOWN.
The unincorporated hamlet within the Town of Hempstead - officially proclaimed Levittown on January 1, 1948 - that arose as a result of the Levitt Development encompassing most of those lands formerly known as Jerusalem and Island Trees.

STEWART LINE.
Originally an independent branch of the LIRR that ran through what is now northern Levittown between 1873 and 1926. Officially called the Central Branch, it came to be called "the Stewart Line" after its builder Alexander Stewart who used it to transport passengers, freight, and livestock and offered stops at Newbridge Road and Jerusalem Avenue.In 1893, it was purchased by the LIRR. Today it's a series of vacant lots used as a right-of-way by the utility power lines.

MERILLON ESTATE COMPANY.
A land-holding company established by Alexander Stewart's business partners and heirs in 1893 to manage the thousands of acres of land acquired by Stewart in 1869 and associated with the building of Garden City and the Stewart Line of the LIRR. Most of the land in the future Levittown belonged to this company before the 1940's.

VANDERBILT MOTOR PARKWAY.
A speedway erected in 1908 to host the famous Vanderbilt Cup Race. The section that ran through the future Levittown included the grandstand and review stand (present day Skimmer and Orchid ) and was attended by thousands of spectators including some of the wealthiest tycoons of the era. The speedway continued as a toll road until 1938 and abandoned sections that survive today are referred to locally as"the Old Motor".

LONG ISLAND AVIATION COUNTRY CLUB.
The largest of three rural airfields that operated in the future Levittown area between 1920 and 1950, encompassing the neighborhood around Blackmith, Horn, Tanager, and Haymaker.

LEVITT & SONS.
A homebuilding firm that functioned as an independent corporate entity between 1929 and 1968. Established by Abraham Levitt, it specialized in upscale, custom-designed houses in Manhasset, Rockville Centre, and Westchester County. It enjoyed contracts with the U.S. Navy during World War War Two. In 1946, it began building working class Cape Cods in Albertson and Carle Place before undertaking its first large-scale subdivision that became Levittown, N.Y. After 1951, Levitt & Sons built developments throughout the U.S. and overseas: some 480,000 houses worldwide.

The 1850s Building Boom
04/28/2020
The 1850s Building Boom

The 1850s Building Boom

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Williamsville and Island Trees
04/27/2020
Williamsville and Island Trees

Williamsville and Island Trees

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Suburbia and the Pop Culture Paradox
04/24/2020
Suburbia and the Pop Culture Paradox

Suburbia and the Pop Culture Paradox

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Article from July 31, 2012.
04/23/2020
Levittown and the 1950's Mystique

Article from July 31, 2012.

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Last year, a film crew arrived in Levittown to begin filming "Bad Education" starring Hugh Jackman.  They filmed at a fe...
04/23/2020

Last year, a film crew arrived in Levittown to begin filming "Bad Education" starring Hugh Jackman. They filmed at a few Levittown schools including Memorial Education Center and Division Avenue High School. One of the crew members requested to tour the museum. Bob Koenig, the museum's Vice President, showed him around and he really enjoyed it. While filming at Division Avenue High School, the students were thrilled and were hanging out the windows waving enthusiastically. The actors were very accommodating and waved back. "Bad Education" will be shown on HBO Saturday, April 25, 8pm.

THROWBACK THURSDAY. May 19, 2016. Levittown Museum.
04/22/2020

THROWBACK THURSDAY.
May 19, 2016.
Levittown Museum.

Chamber of Commerce Plaque for the Levittown Historical Society.

The Land of the Massapequan
04/22/2020
The Land of the Massapequan

The Land of the Massapequan

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04/21/2020

Levitt & Sons Before Levittown.

1925. Brooklyn lawyer and horticulturalist Abraham Levitt invests in 100 acres of undeveloped land in Rockville Centre.

1929. Levitt & Sons established as a family business, builds 40 houses in Rockville Centre to protect investment from builder caught in a pre-Crash slump. Their first customer was real estate broker William Marquand.

1930. Levitt & Sons build fifty more custom-made homes in Rockville Centre at $15,000 each.

1931. Levitt & Sons build fifty more custom-made homes in Rockville Centre at $10,500 each.

1932. Two hundred and fifty additional homes are build in Rockville Centre on land previously called "Strathmore" and Levitt & Sons begin using the marketing name (and Strathmore "coat-of-arms" logo) to denote their custom-made, principally Tudor style houses.

1934. Levitt & Sons purchase the Onderdonk estate in Manhasset and build Stathmore-at-Manhasset (or "North Strathmore"). These 200 homes ranged in price from $7000 to $15,000. Here Levitt & Sons developed their ideas about landscaping and housing covenants to standardize and upkeep developments and began to study mass-production techniques in greater detail.

1935-41. South Strathmore (455 units) and Strathmore Vanderbilt (275 units) built in Manhasett; Strathmore-at-Great Neck (150 units) and Strathmore in Westchester (100 units) built. Here Levitt & Sons experimented with Tudor, Georgian, and Regency designs. They stopped one week after U.S. entered World War Two to assess Company's future in light of the War. Work on Strathmore-in-Roslyn (278 units) halted until after V-J Day.

1942. Levitt & Sons began building in Northfolk, Virginia for shipyard workers and naval personnel - 1,600 and 750 units respectively. Many of the mass-production techniques that went into subsequent developments devised here.

1943. Levitt & Sons purchases first acreage in the Island Trees/Jerusalem area from the Merillion Estate Company. William Levitt enters the U.S. Navy and is assigned to oversee building in Norfolk. Later he is transferred to Pearl Harbor where he supervises stevedores in the Navy's construction units; devising manpower utilization techniques he will apply to home construction after the War.

1946. Levitt & Sons build Cape Cods in Albertson (31 units), Carle Place (191 units), and an additional 1000 units exclusively for homecoming GI's in Care Place. These homes had many experimental features and Levitt & Sons used them as a "proving ground" to test the viability of many of their production and design theories.

May 7, 1947. Levitt & Sons announce plans to build 2000 Cape Cod units on their Island Trees/Jerusalem land. This is the nucleus of what became Levittown, N.Y.

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What trees did Levitt plant?