Oysterponds Historical Society

Oysterponds Historical Society Founded in July 1944, the Oysterponds Historical Society was organized to preserve the historical significance of Orient and East Marion, New York.
The founding members felt concern about the gradual but constant disappearance of Native American artifacts, documents, family records, tools, art, and other surviving relics of the maritime, agricultural, cultural, and religious life of the early settlers of Orient and East Marion. Today the society maintains six historic sites in Orient and boasts an archive of over 70,000 documents and artifacts.

The Museum’s artifacts reflect more than two centuries of North Fork life and culture and its buildings represent significant examples of local architecture. The diverse collection includes 18th, 19th, and 20th century furniture, notable maritime paintings, decorative arts, and local tools. The Museum’s substantial collection of historic documents and photographs is open to researchers by appointment. CONTACT INFORMATION Oysterponds Historical Society P.O. Box 70 Orient, NY 11957 (631) 323-2480 [email protected]

Mission: The Oysterponds Historical Society's mission is in preserving and expanding the founding memberships concern about the gradual but constant disappearance of Native American artifacts, documents, family records, tools, art, and other surviving relics of the maritime, agricultural, cultural, and religious life of the early settlers of Orient and East Marion. Today the society maintains six historic sites in Orient and boasts an archive of over 70,000 documents and artifacts.

Nofofresh 2019 is a wrap!  Official photos on our website soon. Thank you to everyone who attended, donated, volunteered...
06/16/2019

Nofofresh 2019 is a wrap! Official photos on our website soon. Thank you to everyone who attended, donated, volunteered or baked a pie - we could not do it all without your support.

This is what it's all about - instilling historical appreciation in young minds. OHS was proud to host a hands-on class ...
06/05/2019

This is what it's all about - instilling historical appreciation in young minds. OHS was proud to host a hands-on class for kids, where they learned to design their own samplers.

A wonderful celebration of local history tonight as “Augustus & Me: An Oysterponds Adventure” is released. Written b...
06/01/2019

A wonderful celebration of local history tonight as “Augustus & Me: An Oysterponds Adventure” is released. Written by Jan Rose and illustrated by Alan Bull, this clever piece of historical fiction is told through the eyes of a modern-day child visiting Orient. Thank you Jan and Alan for bringing Augustus Griffin’s story to life!

Thank you to everyone who joined us this afternoon for our exhibition opening. A special thank you to Bill McNaught, Bar...
05/26/2019

Thank you to everyone who joined us this afternoon for our exhibition opening. A special thank you to Bill McNaught, Barry Bergdoll and all of the volunteers who made today possible!

Oysterponds Historical Society proudly presents the following exhibitions, curated by Bill McNaught, beginning May 25th ...
05/24/2019

Oysterponds Historical Society proudly presents the following exhibitions, curated by Bill McNaught, beginning May 25th and closing September 30th:

· The Civil War
· Miniature Looms and Samplers
· Maritime Paintings
· L. Vinton Richard
· Weapons
· 75th Anniversary of the Oysterponds Historical Society
· “New Wave of Architecture on the North Fork” – curated by architectural historian Barry Bergdoll, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History at Columbia University and former Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art.

An opening reception will be held on Sunday, May 26th at 4pm at Village House to preview our exhibitions and hear from Bill McNaught and Barry Bergdoll. Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibitions are open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays, 2pm to 5pm, as well as Saturdays, 11am through 5pm. Admission is free.

For more information on our exhibitions and programming, please call (631) 323-2480 or visit www.oysterpondshistoricalsociety.org.

Miss our docent training today?  We are holding two more sessions next week - Wednesday, 5/22 at 2pm and Thursday, 5/23 ...
05/15/2019

Miss our docent training today? We are holding two more sessions next week - Wednesday, 5/22 at 2pm and Thursday, 5/23 at 10am. Join us!

Edible Long Island will be at North Fork Fresh - will you?  Join us in one month on June 15th!
05/15/2019
4 Food-Related Festivals You Won't Want to Miss This Spring

Edible Long Island will be at North Fork Fresh - will you? Join us in one month on June 15th!

Looking for fun food festivals to attend on Long Island this spring with your friends and family? Look no further. Here are 4 local favorites.

Many thanks to Maria and Richard of the East Hampton Historical Society for giving us a tour of the Thomas Moran Studio ...
05/07/2019

Many thanks to Maria and Richard of the East Hampton Historical Society for giving us a tour of the Thomas Moran Studio today - a wonderfully inspiring and educational visit for us.

History is definitely not boring here!  We are happy to be listed as one of Long Island’s top historic destinations fo...
04/29/2019
18 historic LI places kids will love

History is definitely not boring here! We are happy to be listed as one of Long Island’s top historic destinations for children this summer.

Step into the past, make crafts, explore nature and more.

In late May, in celebration of our 75th Anniversary, we will have journals available to encourage children to use the bl...
04/17/2019

In late May, in celebration of our 75th Anniversary, we will have journals available to encourage children to use the blank pages for sketching and writing. Pick up a journal at the opening with the promise to return one of the pages to be placed in the 75th Anniversary time capsule, to be opened on our 100th anniversary.

ON THIS DAY IN APRIL 1821:Augustus Griffin (1767-1866) wrote about the weather in Orient.“15th and 16th Some part of t...
04/16/2019

ON THIS DAY IN APRIL 1821:

Augustus Griffin (1767-1866) wrote about the weather in Orient.

“15th and 16th Some part of the time squally, then calm – then wind E – appears to be a gathering storm” - The Diaries of Augustus Griffin: 1792-1852 (pg. 111).

On April 17th, there was a snowstorm (!) and a "severe gale."

Image: Black and white image photo of Village Lane - taken from the upper story of Village House looking across the street. From the collection of Oysterponds Historical Society.

04/16/2019

Please join me in welcoming Matt Montelione as our new External Affairs Manager! Stop by the office and say hello - he’s looking forward to meeting all of you!

Thank you to everyone who joined us tonight for our Countdown to Summer event!
04/14/2019

Thank you to everyone who joined us tonight for our Countdown to Summer event!

Thank you for visiting!
04/12/2019

Thank you for visiting!

Located in the heart of Orient, New York, on Long Island’s North Fork, the Oysterponds Historical Society (OHS) is home to an extraordinary collection housed and exhibited on our campus of historic buildings and green spaces. OHS’ collections include art and manuscripts, as well as an exceptional range of historical objects donated by local residents, including community members whose roots in Oysterponds date back to the founding families in the 17th century #oysterpondshistoricalsociety #orientpoint #longisland #newyork #northfork @ Oysterponds Historical Society

Help spread the word!  OHS is  now hiring an Office Manager!
04/11/2019
Employment and Internships | Oysterponds Historical Society

Help spread the word! OHS is now hiring an Office Manager!

The Oysterponds Historical Society celebrates and shares North Fork culture and heritage by preserving, exhibiting and interpreting the history of the Orient and East Marion communities, and our place in national history. We are currently seeking a part time Office Manager.

Happy Spring from the Oysterponds Historical Society! We have many exciting events planned this year. Keep your eyes ope...
04/08/2019

Happy Spring from the Oysterponds Historical Society! We have many exciting events planned this year. Keep your eyes open for future announcements.

Pictured: William Steeple Davis, "Black and White Photo of a Spray of Flowers," early 20th century.

#conservationinprogress of our #maritimepainting of the Curtis Ackerly. Thank you to our longtime supporter Ann ffolliot...
04/02/2019

#conservationinprogress of our #maritimepainting of the Curtis Ackerly. Thank you to our longtime supporter Ann ffolliott for your support in this project! #oysterponds #ohshistory

"Jessie Young with a large model sailboat."  Photographed by Henry M. King, Ca. 1900.  Donated by Lorine Young. #womensh...
03/26/2019

"Jessie Young with a large model sailboat." Photographed by Henry M. King, Ca. 1900. Donated by Lorine Young. #womenshistorymonth #oysterponds

Behind the scenes today with our Collections Manager as our committee looks at new acquisitions to the Society!
03/21/2019

Behind the scenes today with our Collections Manager as our committee looks at new acquisitions to the Society!

We missed Staff Appreciation Day last week but celebrated today!  Thank you to Amy, Bill, Catherine and Colin for all of...
03/05/2019

We missed Staff Appreciation Day last week but celebrated today! Thank you to Amy, Bill, Catherine and Colin for all of your hard work and dedication to our mission!

Busy day today behind the scenes as our Curator, Collections Manager and Collections Committee met to discuss the new ac...
02/21/2019

Busy day today behind the scenes as our Curator, Collections Manager and Collections Committee met to discuss the new acquisitions. Take note-this summer’s tours will definitely showcase these wonderful donations!

Happy Presidents Day!Our offices are closed for the federal holiday. We will re-open tomorrow at 9am. Enjoy your day!
02/18/2019

Happy Presidents Day!
Our offices are closed for the federal holiday. We will re-open tomorrow at 9am. Enjoy your day!

Webb House earlier today in the snow
02/12/2019

Webb House earlier today in the snow

Our wonderful office manager, Karen Bull Haley, will be moving to Connecticut with her family this month and, sadly, wil...
01/22/2019

Our wonderful office manager, Karen Bull Haley, will be moving to Connecticut with her family this month and, sadly, will be leaving OHS. Thank you to everyone who stopped by on Friday to wish her well over baked goods from the Orient Country Store.

We wish Karen, Mike, and Mike all of the best across the Sound!

In the midst of foul winter weather, the best we can do is dream of when warm weather returns to the community!Rosie Hei...
01/18/2019

In the midst of foul winter weather, the best we can do is dream of when warm weather returns to the community!

Rosie Heitzman, Detail from "Orient, New York - Circa 1900," Mural, Ca. 1982.

Based on photographs from the OHS collection, this series of panels depict scenes of everyday life along Village Lane at the turn of the 20th century. #fromthecollection

Tickets now available on our website at ohsny.org.
11/15/2018

Tickets now available on our website at ohsny.org.

World War I Post Card from William H. Beebe, Jr. to his wife in Orient Point, 1918, Gift of Irene Case Beebe DickersonTh...
11/10/2018

World War I Post Card from William H. Beebe, Jr. to his wife in Orient Point, 1918, Gift of Irene Case Beebe Dickerson

This “Soldier’s Mail” post card, sponsored by the American Red Cross, states: “This card will be held until safe arrival of the boat on which I sailed.” It is postmarked “Hoboken, N.J. 1918.” In October of that year Beebe was wounded and died in December.

Tommorow is the centennial of the end of World War I. The bell of the Old Point Schoolhouse at OHS will be ringing at 11am to commemorate this anniversary.

This Date in Oysterponds History220 years ago - On September 30, 1798, construction of Village House commenced. Augustus...
09/30/2018

This Date in Oysterponds History

220 years ago - On September 30, 1798, construction of Village House commenced. Augustus Griffin, Orient historian and the first owner of the house, writes in his diary that he "...engaged Mr. Beriah M. Cleeve and his brother Isaac to frame my House and enclose it..."

Our summer exhibitions are open through the end of September, Wednesdays through Sundays 2 to 5PM, as well as Saturdays ...
08/15/2018

Our summer exhibitions are open through the end of September, Wednesdays through Sundays 2 to 5PM, as well as Saturdays 11AM to 5PM. Admission is free. For more info, visit our website at ohsny.org.

Gail Horton, "Orient School", 2015, Hooked tapestry, Gift of the artist.

Featured in the exhibition "Recent Acquisitions".

2018 Summer Benefit Art Auction
07/27/2018

2018 Summer Benefit Art Auction

The New York Times highlights OHS as one place not to miss while visiting the Greenport area. Our exhibits and historic ...
07/12/2018
36 Hours in Greenport, N.Y. (and Beyond)

The New York Times highlights OHS as one place not to miss while visiting the Greenport area. Our exhibits and historic buildings are open Wednesdays through Sundays, 2 to 5 PM, as well as Saturdays 11 AM to 5 PM.

On the bucolic North Fork of Long Island: oysters, wineries, country roads and water views all over the place.

Happy Independence Day from OHS!How did Oysterponds residents celebrate the holiday 220 years ago? Augustus Griffin desc...
07/04/2018

Happy Independence Day from OHS!

How did Oysterponds residents celebrate the holiday 220 years ago? Augustus Griffin describes the festivities of July 4, 1798 this way:

"The morning opens with the roar of cannon from the adjacent towns, announcing in reverberating acclamation the return of that auspicious day, on which those sterling Patriots of the Revolution put their hands in bold relief to the Sacred Instrument drawn up by the Sage Jefferson, which forever severed the cord, which bound these united colonists to Mother Britain -"

"This evening, myself, with several others, repaired to Pasture, or as some call it Prospect Hill, on the top of which we raised a pole, not 30 feet high - on said pole we put a Tar barrel, with a quantity of pitch in it, to which we set fire, which made a famous show for many miles around - with a number of smart discharges from the musketry, of the young men, with us, around the pole, while it sent forth its brilliant contents we closed the conspicuous day -"

Oysterponds Historical Society
06/19/2018

Oysterponds Historical Society

Photos by David Benthal

#nofofresh2018

Photos by David Benthal#nofofresh2018
06/19/2018

Photos by David Benthal

#nofofresh2018

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who helped make North Fork Fresh possible! It was an incredible evening. Thank you so much...
06/18/2018

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who helped make North Fork Fresh possible! It was an incredible evening. Thank you so much to all of our guests, to Co-Chairs Sandra Saiegh and Michael Ventura, and to Committee members Karin Constant and Linda Hossenlopp. Thank you also to Event Coordinator Maria McBride and to our staff members.

Share your photos and memories of the event online using the hashtag #nofofresh2018

Stop by our seven new exhibitions, now open through September 30. Our exhibition QUILTS in the Old Point Schoolhouse exp...
06/08/2018

Stop by our seven new exhibitions, now open through September 30. Our exhibition QUILTS in the Old Point Schoolhouse explores recent acquisitions and old favorites from our textiles collection.

Open Wednesdays through Sundays 2-5pm, as well as Saturdays 11am-5pm

Have you entered the North Fork Fresh raffle yet? You can win one of more than a dozen great prize bundles. One highligh...
06/07/2018

Have you entered the North Fork Fresh raffle yet? You can win one of more than a dozen great prize bundles. One highlight is a pair of Wave Hill chairs handcrafted by the great Mike Ventura. Tickets are $25 each, with bundles of three for $50 or eight for $100. Enter today at https://tinyurl.com/nffraffle18

Did you know that North Fork Fresh, along with great food and wine, also features a fantastic raffle? Enter today for a ...
06/05/2018
Online Store

Did you know that North Fork Fresh, along with great food and wine, also features a fantastic raffle? Enter today for a chance to win one of sixteen baskets filled with local items and experiences.

TICKETS: One for $25, Three for $50, and Eight for $100.

Buy your tickets today on our website, in our office, or at Four and Twenty Blackbirds Orient. Unable to attend the event? No problem! The drawing of the raffle tickets will be the day of the event and there is no need to be present to win.

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"June is bustin' out all over" and northforker highlights North Fork Fresh as one of 10 things to do this month. Tickets...
06/01/2018
10 things to do on the North Fork this June | Northforker

"June is bustin' out all over" and northforker highlights North Fork Fresh as one of 10 things to do this month. Tickets are selling fast, so get yours today!

From a rosé crawl to a celebrity chef dinner to the Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival, the season is starting to heat up on the North Fork.

Newsday lists North Fork Fresh as one of 10 LI food festivals worth checking out. Tickets are now on sale. Visit oysterp...
05/30/2018
10 LI food festivals worth checking out

Newsday lists North Fork Fresh as one of 10 LI food festivals worth checking out. Tickets are now on sale. Visit oysterpondshistoricalsociety.org for more info

From now through fall, foodies around Long Island can enjoy small bites, drinks, music, games and more at local food festivals. Here are some worth ...

05/22/2018

There is still space left in this Saturday's Family Workshop: Herb and Flower Planting. To register, contact OHS at (631) 323-2480 or [email protected]

The North Fork has a plethora of historic sites to visit this summer, including Village House and Webb House here at OHS...
05/21/2018
10 historic destinations to check out on the North Fork | Northforker

The North Fork has a plethora of historic sites to visit this summer, including Village House and Webb House here at OHS. Summer exhibitions open this Saturday and Sunday!

These family-friendly historic buildings, museums and observatories bring the region’s agricultural and maritime past to life.

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1555 Village Ln
Orient, NY
11957

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We welcome all visitors to our historic structures and exhibits all summer Wednesdays through Sundays from 2pm to 5pm, as well as Saturdays from 11am to 5pm.

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