Oysterponds Historical Society

Oysterponds Historical Society Founded in July 1944, the Oysterponds Historical Society (OHS) is a not-for-profit celebrating the culture and heritage of the North Fork of Long Island, NY.
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.
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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.

Please join us as we engage, entertain and educate the Oysterponds community with our "Alone Together Virtual Lecture Se...
05/20/2020
Embarking on virtual history: Oysterponds Historical Society offers lectures series via webinars - The Suffolk Times

Please join us as we engage, entertain and educate the Oysterponds community with our "Alone Together Virtual Lecture Series"!

Time and place. When it comes to history, both are important. History involves connecting different time periods, the past and the present. Now the Oysterponds Historical Society has found a way, through technology, to make place irrelevant for those interested in learning about that history. The Oy...

It’s “Trivia Tuesday”! How well do you know the history and environs of Oysterponds? There are no cash awards for the mo...
05/19/2020

It’s “Trivia Tuesday”! How well do you know the history and environs of Oysterponds?

There are no cash awards for the most correct answers but the winner will have the honor of being crowned OySTARponder of the Week!

Answers to last week's questions are at the bottom of this post.

(1) There were three school houses in East Marion, where was the first located? (2) Can you identify which hamlet is Upper Neck and which is Lower Neck? (3) Did East Marion have a baseball team and what was it called? (4) Where is Mulford’s Point? (5) How many Menhaden fish rendering factories did East Marion have prior to 1870?

Answers for 5/12: (1) Steamer Massachusetts; (2) 1896; (3) St. Thomas Summer Home; (4) Nelson Chapman; (5) The lot north of the Methodist Church

Here's an easy trivia question: What's significant about today?  Answer: It's "Trivia Tuesday"!Here are this week's ques...
05/05/2020

Here's an easy trivia question: What's significant about today?

Answer: It's "Trivia Tuesday"!

Here are this week's questions (answers to last week's questions are at the bottom of this post):

(1) Who was East Marion named after and how did it get its name? (2) Who was the Senator from Orient? (3) What was the name of the first steamboat between New York and LI’s East End? (4) What was East Marion called after it split from Orient? (5) What was Priscilla’s Cupboard before it was a store?

Answers for 4/28: (1) a. Crooks Island or b. Treasure Island; (2) Long Beach, west of the parking field; (3) 1945; it is the only memorial post office in the United States; (4) Mechanics Hall; (5) Main Street

05/05/2020
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04/28/2020

Lo and behold, it's Trivia Tuesday! Are you a minnow or a mighty striper?

The answers to last week’s questions are at the bottom. Here are this week’s questions:

(1) What is the name of the small island in the middle of Dam Pond?
(2) Where are the Narrows?
(3) When was the post office built in East Marion and what is one distinctive fact about it?
(4) Poquatuck Hall has had one other name what was it?
(5) What was Village Lane’s former name?

Answers for 4/21:
(1) A potato barn. (2) The Orient end of the causeway. (3) 300 years old. (4) Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. (5) Milton Heitzman, others.

04/22/2020

It’s Trivia Tuesday—a day late but NOT a dollar short! Speaking of dollars, we will NOT be awarding cash prizes, but the person with the most correct answers to this week's questions will be awarded "Oysterponds Trivia "OySTAR" of the Day!"

The answers to last week’s questions are at the bottom. Here are this week’s questions:

(1) What was the Orient Yacht Club before it was a yacht club? (2) Where is the Orient Clam Shack? (3) How old is the Buttonwood tree? (4) What famous person read the Declaration of Independence on Heritage Day in 2016? (5) Name one former Pastor of Orient Congregational Church.

Answers for 4/14: (1) 1977. (2) Gideon Youngs in 1699. (3) Temperance Hall. (4) The Orient Blacksmith stood on the SW corner next to the wharf. It was moved to Skippers Lane to become Bert Luce’s carpentry shop. It still borders Poquatuck Park. (5) “Poquatuck” was the Native American name for Orient and its means “land of the rising sun.”

It's "Trivia Tuesday"! Test your Oysterponds knowledge every Tuesday when we post five trivia questions about Orient and...
04/15/2020

It's "Trivia Tuesday"! Test your Oysterponds knowledge every Tuesday when we post five trivia questions about Orient and East Marion, followed a week later by the answers and five new challenges. There's no prize--except, that is, feeling good about occupying a deserved place among the Oysterponds experts!

1. When did the Historical Society’s mission change to collect the history of East Marion as well as Orient?

2. What is the earliest gravestone in the Oysterponds area?

3. What building was on the site of the East Marion Chapel prior to 1886?

4. Where did the Orient Blacksmith shop originally stand and where was it moved?

5. What are the origins of the word “Poquatuck” and what does it mean?

With apologies to songwriters Eddie DeLange & Louis Alter (who wrote "Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans")…Do...
04/06/2020

With apologies to songwriters Eddie DeLange & Louis Alter (who wrote "Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans")…

Do you know what it means to miss Oysterponds
And miss her each night and day
I know I'm not wrong because the feeling's
Getting stronger the longer I stay away

03/31/2020

Dear OHS Supporter:

All of us at OHS—our staff, board and community volunteers—want to extend our hope that each of you, your loved ones, and your friends are safe during this unprecedented time. Nothing is more important right now than doing what we can to stay healthy and minimizing the risk to others.

As you likely know, OHS has closed our offices during this period. But our staff is the backbone of this organization. They continue working remotely, wherever possible, and are helping to keep the community informed, creating online events, and preparing for a return to our exhibits and programs when the crisis eases. Even if some staff members are unable to work, because they cannot access key materials, or they become ill, or are caring for others, the Board has committed to maintaining their salaries during this crisis.

Our board is meeting electronically, and we are staying connected by working closely with other local organizations and sending important bulletins to the OHS community. We also initiated a video series to deliver interesting content to you. On Saturday, March 28th at 2pm, our inaugural “Alone Together” Video Series lecture entitled, “Historic Houses of Oysterponds Historical Society,” was presented by John Holzapfel and, from all indications, was very well received. We hope you can join us for our future virtual lectures.

We are getting close to what should be the busiest time of year for OHS—opening up for exhibits, launching programs, organizing lectures, and holding community gatherings. Of note, North Fork Fresh is on the calendar for June 13, Heritage Day, our wonderful celebration of America and Oysterponds (with plenty of hot dogs!), is set for July 5th and our big Summer Benefit in Poquatuck Park is scheduled for August 8th. But, as you can imagine, much is up in the air.

Our staff and board are carefully planning for these events, while also considering the way we present them, possible postponements, or even cancellations of one or more, depending on how this crisis evolves. No decisions have been made at this point, and we hope to be able to celebrate together, but that may not be possible. The health of our community is paramount, and we will base these decisions with that first in mind.

Like so many other cultural organizations, maintaining our membership and attendance at these events are a very large portion of the revenue needed to pay our staff, maintain our collections, and do the important work so many enjoy. We know that this is a time when everyone has weighty issues of health, safety, and personal finances on their minds. We understand that people are unlikely to be able to focus on things like membership renewals or donations at a time like this. We have pulled back from sending out renewal notices and rolling out new options for membership, including an exciting new program called Griffin Giving Circles. There will be a time to return to these tasks when we are all less at risk.

Like many individuals and organizations, we will be financially challenged by this pandemic. We are reviewing our budget carefully and considering possible savings. But our staff is secure. We also are exploring the financial aid programs being offered by federal and local governments to help non-profits impacted by Covid-19. And we know that our community will rise to support us. OHS has been around since 1944 and will be around for a long time to come. This crisis, horrible as it is, will pass at some point.

We look forward to being with you to celebrate this place we love and our shared heritage, with even more meaning attached to how important it is to be together.

03/25/2020

For your information…

A Coronavirus update from the East Marion Community Association (EMCA):

As of today (March 24th), Southold Town now has 104 confirmed cases of coronavirus. It is critical that you shelter in place as much as possible and practice social distancing for your safety and the safety of our community!

Note: If you have recently arrived on the North Fork from New York City you may have the virus and not know it. National health officials urge that you quarantine yourself for at least 14 days in order to avoid inadvertently spreading the virus.

Remember, we are all in this together and together we will get through this. Please remember to reach out and check in on vulnerable neighbors in East Marion who may need assistance in this difficult time. If you feel that you need assistance please contact EMCA at https://emca.us/contact/ and we will do our best to help you.

Food Assistance for Seniors

Karen McLaughlin, the Town’s Director of Human Resources and Senior Center announced that Southold Town Senior Services is providing home delivered meals for Town residents 60 years of age and older. Hot meals are delivered Monday through Friday to senior’s homes, and frozen meals are provided on the weekend. Seniors are encouraged to remain at home and contact Senior Services if they need assistance at 631-298-4460 or [email protected]. Those seniors needing help with shopping or medication pick up may call Denis Noncarrow, Government Liaison Officer at 631-765-5806.

CAST Needs Our Help-Please Donate

Since COVID-19 hit our community, Community Acton Southold Town (C.A.S.T.) has been inundated with calls asking for assistance, and they expect the need to keep growing in the coming weeks and months. In one day alone, Friday, March 20th, C.A.S.T served 100 prepared meals in an hour and a half and provided 51 families with food bags. C.A.S.T. is at risk of running out of funds as needs increase daily.

C.A.S.T is currently buying about $5,000 of food, diapers, and personal care items a week and has expanded its mobile pantry service for those who are home bound. The organization estimates it has enough funds to last about two to three weeks, assuming current demand levels. But they expect demand to rise.

Many North Fork food and beverage outlets have curbside pickup, and some will deliver. See this list: https://northforkandknife.com/many-north-fork-restaurants-will-now-deliver/

GUIDELINES FOR COVID CARE

Be aware that the situation is fast moving and subject to change. For the most up to date information visit the New York State department of health website, the CDC website, and/or Suffolk County website.

https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home
https://www.cdc.gov
https://suffolkcountyny.gov

In the event that you have a medical emergency that is not related to COVID-19 (and you are experiencing no COVID-19 symptoms and have not been exposed to the virus) you should dial 911 and contact the emergency services directly.

If You are Experiencing Symptoms

From Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital: If you have cold or flu-like symptoms (fever, headache, cough, muscle aches and joint pain), stay home and call your primary care physician for guidance.

If you are having trouble breathing, call 911 immediately. If you come to Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital or one of our outpatient facilities for an appointment, notify our staff upon arrival if you: (1) Have a fever, cough or shortness of breath (2) Have you travelled outside of the United States to China, Italy, Iran, South Korea or Japan (3) Have come into contact with anyone who had tested positive for the COVID-19

In general:

• Contact your doctor and get a referral.
• If you do not have a doctor, contact an urgent care center:
• CityMD Cutchogue Urgent Care - Long Island (631) 734-5505
• Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care (631) 830-4175
• If you need to go to the hospital, call ahead and tell them you are coming so they are prepared, that you have COVID symptoms
• Phone numbers for:
• Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital 631-477-1000
• Peconic Bay Medical Center 631-548-6000
• Report your symptoms to:
• The Suffolk County Health Department 631-854-0000 or 631-852-4820 (after hours) ask for on-call communicable disease nurse
• Transport: If you are possibly infectious, have a driver take you who is already exposed to COVID; if not, then call 911 for transportation
• People need to safely and cautiously take care of themselves, including travel, but do not infect those who may not have been exposed
• Call 911 for the EMTs for emergency services: if you are having trouble breathing, if you cannot walk or cannot otherwise safely get to the hospital.
• If you have a fever, cough and symptoms of flu or COVID-19, put on a mask, if you have one, while you await the EMTs. If you do not have a mask the EMTs will provide one for you. If it is possible for you to walk, please go to the door to meet the EMS.

More information is available at the Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital. Website: https://elih.stonybrookmedicine.edu/Coronavirus

How To Get Tested

Stony Brook University Medical Center Testing Facility
The Stony Brook COVID-19 drive-up testing facility is now operational. To access testing, you will need to make an appointment in advance by calling 888-364-3065 and following the voice prompt menu. The process is as follows:

1. Make an appointment by calling 888-364-3065
2. Have your NYS driver's license or similar ID
3. Arrive at Stony Brook University for your appointment time slot
4. Keep your windows rolled up until you are being tested
5. As of 03/20/20 the testing hours are 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
You do not need to be referred by a doctor, but you do need an appointment.

What to do if you Test Positive for COVID-19

Suffolk County recommends the following:
If you test positive for COVID-2019, staff from Suffolk County Department of Health Services will contact you to discuss your case. You should isolate yourself from other household and/or family members (those who live with you). In addition, your household and/or family members should also remain at home under quarantine.

Quarantine or isolation means you must stay separate from others in the community for a total period of 14 days to prevent the possible spread of COVID-2019.

• You must stay at your residence all the time, during the period you are self-quarantined. You should avoid having company at your residence. If anyone goes into or out of your residence while you are under quarantine or isolation, keep a log (list of names, phone number, and address, see attached contact log). Others in your residence are not restricted from their activities.
• You will need to take your temperature with a thermometer twice a day: in the morning and later in the day and record your temperature in a temperature log. The Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS) can provide you with a thermometer.
• You can live with other family members in your home, but it is a good idea to sleep in a separate bedroom and use a separate bathroom until the quarantine or isolation period is over.
• During this period, you should avoid close contact for social or dining activities. Food should be delivered to your individual quarters.
• You may walk outside your house on your own property but should not come within six feet of neighbors or other members of the public. You should refrain from walking in your neighborhood.
• Symptoms of novel coronavirus include: fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you develop any of these symptoms, you should put on a face mask immediately to prevent other people in your household from becoming sick.
• If you get any of the above symptoms, you should IMMEDIATELY call the SCDHS Public Health Staff at 631-854-0333 (after hours 631-852-4820 and ask for the on-call communicable disease nurse) and let them know about your symptoms. They will arrange for help.
• If you have a true emergency, call 911, and let the person that answers know that you are under quarantine or isolation for novel coronavirus.
• If you feel you need to be relocated to another jurisdiction (city, town, or state), you must first speak to the SCDHS Public Health Staff at 631-854-0333 who will handle your request.
• You will be monitored daily for up to 14 days by the SCDHS Public Health staff to see if you have developed a fever or any other symptoms that could be related to novel coronavirus. The staff will ask for your temperatures and ask you questions about how you are feeling and getting along.
• If you have any questions or if you need assistance with daily living (e.g. food, laundry, etc.), you can ask the SCDHS Public Health staff person monitoring you or you can call this number: 631-854-0333 (after hours 631-852-4820 and ask for the on-call communicable disease nurse).
• If you have concerns about your employment status, SCDHS can provide you with a letter asking your employer to excuse you from work.
• You will be advised by the SCDHS in consultation with the New York State Department of Health when your quarantine or isolation period will end.

A MESSAGE FROM FORK & ANCHOR

Hello all, thank you for your interest in shopping with us during these unusual and difficult times.

Please find our grocery list using the link shown below and use the list to place your order. You can send back to us at [email protected] or drop your order list by the shop between the hours of 7am - 2pm. We will prepare your grocery box and let you know when it will be ready. It will be labeled with your name and available for pick up in the barn in the back of the shop. Please let us know if you have any questions. We are open to procuring additional items for you not included on this list if they are available to us. Please note that grocery items are subject to availability.

Free delivery is available for orders of $75+ to East Marion and Orient. All orders below $75 will have a $5 flat fee.

In addition, for orders over $75 we will be donating 5% of your total order to the following relief organizations:

World Central Kitchen: www.wck.org
Restaurant Workers Community Foundation: www.restaurantworkerscf.org

Printable version of the shopping list via linktree: https://linktr.ee/forkandanchor
Please forward on to your friends

East Marion Community Association
PO Box 625
East Marion, NY 11939
www.emca.us

Address

1555 Village Ln
Orient, NY
11957

General information

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.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 14:00 - 17:00
Thursday 14:00 - 17:00
Friday 14:00 - 17:00
Saturday 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday 14:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(631) 323-2480

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Oysterponds Historical Society

Founded in 1944, the Oysterponds Historical Society (OHS) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that celebrates the culture and heritage of the North Fork of Long Island, NY. OHS's mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and share—through education, exhibitions, and scholarship—the history of the hamlets of Orient and East Marion. OHS maintains a campus of seven historically-significant buildings located in the heart of the landmark historic district in Orient. OHS's collections include over 60,000 artifacts, works of art, and archival objects dating from early Native American times up to the present day. CONTACT INFORMATION Oysterponds Historical Society P.O. Box 70 Orient, NY 11957 (631) 323-2480 [email protected]

www.oysterpondshistoricalsociety.org

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