Oysterponds Historical Society

Oysterponds Historical Society Founded in July 1944, Oysterponds Historical Society (OHS) is a not-for-profit sharing and celebrating the history and culture of the North Fork Long Island hamlets of Orient and East Marion.

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 60,000 documents and artifacts.

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 60,000 documents and artifacts.

Operating as usual

Last chance! OHS's exhibitions in Village House and Webb House close this coming Sunday, September 26th, at 5pmVillage H...
09/22/2021

Last chance!

OHS's exhibitions in Village House and Webb House close this coming Sunday, September 26th, at 5pm

Village House hours: Friday 2-5pm, Saturday 11am-5pm & Sunday 2-5pm.

Webb House hours: Saturday & Sunday 2-5pm.

But all is not lost:

The fabulous exhbition in the Old Point Schoolhouse, Darlene Charneco's "Symbiosome Schoolhouse" (pictured), presented in collaboration with the Parish Art Museum, doesn't close until October 24th!

Old Point Schoolhouse hours: Fridays 2-5pm, Saturdays 11am-5pm & Sundays 2-5pm.

Last chance!

OHS's exhibitions in Village House and Webb House close this coming Sunday, September 26th, at 5pm

Village House hours: Friday 2-5pm, Saturday 11am-5pm & Sunday 2-5pm.

Webb House hours: Saturday & Sunday 2-5pm.

But all is not lost:

The fabulous exhbition in the Old Point Schoolhouse, Darlene Charneco's "Symbiosome Schoolhouse" (pictured), presented in collaboration with the Parish Art Museum, doesn't close until October 24th!

Old Point Schoolhouse hours: Fridays 2-5pm, Saturdays 11am-5pm & Sundays 2-5pm.

The OHS Secret Postcard Project online auction now boasts over 130 incredible submissions!Visit the online auction websi...
09/03/2021

The OHS Secret Postcard Project online auction now boasts over 130 incredible submissions!

Visit the online auction website NOW to bid on all your favorites:

https://ohsi.betterworld.org/auctions/OHS-postcard-2

Bidding ends Sunday, 9/5 @ 10 pm

For more details, visit www.OysterpondsHistoricalSociety.org.

Pick-up winning bids on Mon., Sept. 6th, 10 am – 12 Noon at Village House (1555 Village Ln., Orient)

Plus…you are cordially invited to…

Postcard Exhibition w/ Bar & Grill Reception

When: Sunday, Sept. 5th, 5-7 pm

Where: Village House (1555 Village Ln., Orient)
Rain location: Poquatuck Hall (@ the corner of Village Ln. and Skippers Ln., Orient)

Attendees who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 must wear a mask. Thank you.

The OHS Secret Postcard Project online auction now boasts over 130 incredible submissions!

Visit the online auction website NOW to bid on all your favorites:

https://ohsi.betterworld.org/auctions/OHS-postcard-2

Bidding ends Sunday, 9/5 @ 10 pm

For more details, visit www.OysterpondsHistoricalSociety.org.

Pick-up winning bids on Mon., Sept. 6th, 10 am – 12 Noon at Village House (1555 Village Ln., Orient)

Plus…you are cordially invited to…

Postcard Exhibition w/ Bar & Grill Reception

When: Sunday, Sept. 5th, 5-7 pm

Where: Village House (1555 Village Ln., Orient)
Rain location: Poquatuck Hall (@ the corner of Village Ln. and Skippers Ln., Orient)

Attendees who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 must wear a mask. Thank you.

Check out the incredible postcard creations submitted so far and bid on your favorites:https://ohsi.betterworld.org/auct...
08/30/2021

Check out the incredible postcard creations submitted so far and bid on your favorites:

https://ohsi.betterworld.org/auctions/OHS-postcard-2

Bidding ends Sunday, 9/5 @ 10 pm

For more details, visit www.OysterpondsHistoricalSociety.org.

Pick-up winning bids on Mon., Sept. 6th, 10 am – 12 Noon at Village House (1555 Village Ln., Orient)

You are cordially invited to…

A Night time Portrait Projection of Members of the Oysterponds Community

When: Sat., Aug. 28th - Sun., Sept. 5th, sunset to 10pm

Where: Orient Methodist Church, Village Ln., Orient

Postcard Exhibition w/ Bar & Grill Reception

When: Sunday, Sept. 5th, 5-7 pm

Where: Village House (1555 Village Ln., Orient)
Rain location: Poquatuck Hall (@ the corner of Village Ln. and Skippers Ln., Orient)

Check out the incredible postcard creations submitted so far and bid on your favorites:

https://ohsi.betterworld.org/auctions/OHS-postcard-2

Bidding ends Sunday, 9/5 @ 10 pm

For more details, visit www.OysterpondsHistoricalSociety.org.

Pick-up winning bids on Mon., Sept. 6th, 10 am – 12 Noon at Village House (1555 Village Ln., Orient)

You are cordially invited to…

A Night time Portrait Projection of Members of the Oysterponds Community

When: Sat., Aug. 28th - Sun., Sept. 5th, sunset to 10pm

Where: Orient Methodist Church, Village Ln., Orient

Postcard Exhibition w/ Bar & Grill Reception

When: Sunday, Sept. 5th, 5-7 pm

Where: Village House (1555 Village Ln., Orient)
Rain location: Poquatuck Hall (@ the corner of Village Ln. and Skippers Ln., Orient)

You are cordially invited to a reception marking the opening of Darlene Charneco's Parrish Art Museum Roadshow Exhibitio...
08/27/2021

You are cordially invited to a reception marking the opening of Darlene Charneco's Parrish Art Museum Roadshow Exhibition, "Symbiosome Schoolhouse."

A wide, complimentary array of delectable appetizers and refreshing beverages will be served!

When: Saturday August 28th, 3 - 5 pm

Where: The Old Point Schoolhouse (1555 Village Lane, Orient)

A friendly reminder...

OHS is partnering with the Parrish Art Museum to present, as part of its 2021 Road Show, Ms. Charneco’s “Symbiosome Schoolhouse” exhibition.

Please note that the Parrish Art Museum has recently implemented a new policy both for onsite and off-site events. If you are planning to attend the opening of and reception for the exhibition on the 28th, please note that all attendees will be required to provide proof of vaccination status or a recent negative COVID test (within 72 hours).

Medical-grade face masks must be worn at all times. Masks will be provided to anyone who needs one.

Thank you for understanding!

You are cordially invited to a reception marking the opening of Darlene Charneco's Parrish Art Museum Roadshow Exhibition, "Symbiosome Schoolhouse."

A wide, complimentary array of delectable appetizers and refreshing beverages will be served!

When: Saturday August 28th, 3 - 5 pm

Where: The Old Point Schoolhouse (1555 Village Lane, Orient)

A friendly reminder...

OHS is partnering with the Parrish Art Museum to present, as part of its 2021 Road Show, Ms. Charneco’s “Symbiosome Schoolhouse” exhibition.

Please note that the Parrish Art Museum has recently implemented a new policy both for onsite and off-site events. If you are planning to attend the opening of and reception for the exhibition on the 28th, please note that all attendees will be required to provide proof of vaccination status or a recent negative COVID test (within 72 hours).

Medical-grade face masks must be worn at all times. Masks will be provided to anyone who needs one.

Thank you for understanding!

FREE concert on the Old Point Schoolhouse lawn!Ed Caufield & the Barn Jam Band6pm, Weds., Aug. 25thBring a blanket or la...
08/20/2021

FREE concert on the Old Point Schoolhouse lawn!

Ed Caufield & the Barn Jam Band

6pm, Weds., Aug. 25th

Bring a blanket or lawn chair, a picnic and/or a bottle of wine, and some bug spray!

Your generous support allows OHS to present free events throughout the calendar year. Thank you!

Old Point Schoolhouse Lawn
(1555 Village Lane, Orient)

FREE concert on the Old Point Schoolhouse lawn!

Ed Caufield & the Barn Jam Band

6pm, Weds., Aug. 25th

Bring a blanket or lawn chair, a picnic and/or a bottle of wine, and some bug spray!

Your generous support allows OHS to present free events throughout the calendar year. Thank you!

Old Point Schoolhouse Lawn
(1555 Village Lane, Orient)

The OHS Secret Postcard Project, Looking Back and Moving Forward!We’ve extended the deadline… there’s still ample time t...
08/19/2021

The OHS Secret Postcard Project, Looking Back and Moving Forward!

We’ve extended the deadline… there’s still ample time to submit your postcard!

Preview the incredible submissions we’ve received thus far:

https://ohsi.betterworld.org/auctions/OHS-postcard-2

Completed postcards must be received by Monday, 8/30 @ 5pm!

Completed postcards may be mailed in (OHS, PO Box 70, Orient, NY 11957-0070) or dropped in the blue dropboxes in front of the Old Point Schoolhouse (1555 Village Ln.) or Vail House (345 Fletcher St.)

If you'd like to submit a postcard and need the submission packet, don't delay! Email your postal address to [email protected] now!

Online Auction opens Monday, 8/30 @ 12:01 am
Bidding ends Sunday, 9/5 @ 10 pm

For more details, visit www.OysterpondsHistoricalSociety.org.

The OHS Secret Postcard Project, Looking Back and Moving Forward!

We’ve extended the deadline… there’s still ample time to submit your postcard!

Preview the incredible submissions we’ve received thus far:

https://ohsi.betterworld.org/auctions/OHS-postcard-2

Completed postcards must be received by Monday, 8/30 @ 5pm!

Completed postcards may be mailed in (OHS, PO Box 70, Orient, NY 11957-0070) or dropped in the blue dropboxes in front of the Old Point Schoolhouse (1555 Village Ln.) or Vail House (345 Fletcher St.)

If you'd like to submit a postcard and need the submission packet, don't delay! Email your postal address to [email protected] now!

Online Auction opens Monday, 8/30 @ 12:01 am
Bidding ends Sunday, 9/5 @ 10 pm

For more details, visit www.OysterpondsHistoricalSociety.org.

The submissions for OHS’s Secret Postcard Project are pouring in! Here are just a couple of the fabulous creations we ha...
08/11/2021

The submissions for OHS’s Secret Postcard Project are pouring in! Here are just a couple of the fabulous creations we have received thus far.

While there is still plenty of time to submit your postcard, don’t wait till the last minute! Completed postcards are due Monday, August 30th @ 5pm and may be mailed in to OHS (PO Box 70, Orient, NY 11957-0070) or placed in the blue dropboxes in front of the Old Point School House (1555 Village Lane) or Vail House (345 Fletcher Street).

If you’d like to submit a postcard, please email your postal address to: [email protected]

For more details, please visit www.OysterpondsHistoricalSociety.org

The submissions for OHS’s Secret Postcard Project are pouring in! Here are just a couple of the fabulous creations we have received thus far.

While there is still plenty of time to submit your postcard, don’t wait till the last minute! Completed postcards are due Monday, August 30th @ 5pm and may be mailed in to OHS (PO Box 70, Orient, NY 11957-0070) or placed in the blue dropboxes in front of the Old Point School House (1555 Village Lane) or Vail House (345 Fletcher Street).

If you’d like to submit a postcard, please email your postal address to: [email protected]

For more details, please visit www.OysterpondsHistoricalSociety.org

We’re celebrating our community again!The OHS Secret Postcard Project,Looking Back and Moving Forward!Project participan...
08/04/2021

We’re celebrating our community again!

The OHS Secret Postcard Project,
Looking Back and Moving Forward!

Project participants will anonymously create a piece of postcard art to be auctioned off at the end of the summer.

Completed postcards are due Friday, August 20th and may be dropped in the blue dropboxes in front of Vail House or Old Point School House.

Online Auction: Monday, August 30th, bidding ends Sunday, September 5th, 10 pm

Reception & Postcard Exhibition: Sunday, September 5th, 5 – 7 pm (location weather dependent)

The opening bid for each piece will be $50 with increments of $25 thereafter.

Sold pieces will be available for pick-up Monday, September 6th, 10 am – Noon
at Village House (1555 Village Ln., Orient)

If you’d like to submit a postcard, please email [email protected]

We’re celebrating our community again!

The OHS Secret Postcard Project,
Looking Back and Moving Forward!

Project participants will anonymously create a piece of postcard art to be auctioned off at the end of the summer.

Completed postcards are due Friday, August 20th and may be dropped in the blue dropboxes in front of Vail House or Old Point School House.

Online Auction: Monday, August 30th, bidding ends Sunday, September 5th, 10 pm

Reception & Postcard Exhibition: Sunday, September 5th, 5 – 7 pm (location weather dependent)

The opening bid for each piece will be $50 with increments of $25 thereafter.

Sold pieces will be available for pick-up Monday, September 6th, 10 am – Noon
at Village House (1555 Village Ln., Orient)

If you’d like to submit a postcard, please email [email protected]

Photos from Oysterponds Historical Society's post
07/28/2021

Photos from Oysterponds Historical Society's post

Sunday’s contest between the visiting vintage baseball team the NY Mutuals and an imposing assembled group of Oysterpond...
07/28/2021

Sunday’s contest between the visiting vintage baseball team the NY Mutuals and an imposing assembled group of Oysterponds hard-ballers took place on the storied grounds of the Oysterponds Elementary School and attracted a large and involved crowd. A grand time was had by all!

Special thanks again go to Tom Dyja and Billy Hands, among many others, for making it such a success.

The game was part and parcel of OHS’s program this summer, which includes the “Dream Teams: Baseball on the North Fork” exhibition currently in the Old Point Schoolhouse and the splendid “Baseball on the North Fork Roundtable Discussion,” which delighted a rapt crowd in Poquatuck Hall back on July 10th.

If you haven’t already, please visit the exhibition:

Home Teams: Baseball on the North Fork, co-curated by Tom Dyja and Billy Hands

Copious historical artifacts from OHS’s collection, complemented by deep research into adjacent communities, show how, for more than 150 years, the people of the North Fork of Long Island have been both enthusiastic participants in and devoted fans and spectators of America’s pastime. Exhibition designed by Alison Ventura. Closes August 22nd @ 5pm.

Open Fridays: 2pm – 5pm; Saturdays: 11am – 5pm; and Sundays: 2pm – 5pm.

Admission is FREE for OHS members and $10 for non-member adults, which grants same-day access to all OHS exhibitions.

A belated thank you to all for making the Skip Wachsberger Memorial Garden Tour such an overwhelming success!A grand tim...
06/28/2021

A belated thank you to all for making the Skip Wachsberger Memorial Garden Tour such an overwhelming success!

A grand time was had by all and OHS is grateful for the funds garnered from the event which will help us fulfill our mission! A special shout-out to those who shared their beautiful gardens--we couldn't have done it without you!

Next year we'll focus on some gardens in East Marion--we hope to see you there.

A belated thank you to all for making the Skip Wachsberger Memorial Garden Tour such an overwhelming success!

A grand time was had by all and OHS is grateful for the funds garnered from the event which will help us fulfill our mission! A special shout-out to those who shared their beautiful gardens--we couldn't have done it without you!

Next year we'll focus on some gardens in East Marion--we hope to see you there.

OHS is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for a “Gardiner Young Scholars Internship”Summary: The Youn...
06/16/2021

OHS is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for a “Gardiner Young Scholars Internship”

Summary:
The Young Scholars Internship at Oysterponds Historical Society extends through the summer of 2021. The intern will learn about a variety of aspects of operations of a historical society with a focus on collections practices. It includes 100 hours of service with a stipend of $1,500. Work days include Tues and Thursday (flexible hours) and Sunday afternoon (2pm to 5pm).

Duties:
The OHS Intern position will include:
Gaining a hands-on understanding of various collections and curatorial practices that fulfill our historical preservation mission.
Updating accession records in the computer catalog system ensuring that descriptions noted in the original “deed of gift” paperwork is accurate.
Guiding/educating visitors and training Docents through two historic houses and 7 annual exhibitions.
Assisting with presenting humanities events including lectures, concerts and gallery talks.
The Gardiner Young Scholars Intern will be required to submit a short video presentation on their experience.

Qualifications:
Students aged 18 to 22
Good communications skills
Attention to detail
Reliable and hardworking
Available on work days

Apply:
Submit a resume or letter that includes work experience, education, special skill(s), school activities, awards, community service, and special interests to [email protected]

OHS is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for a “Gardiner Young Scholars Internship”

Summary:
The Young Scholars Internship at Oysterponds Historical Society extends through the summer of 2021. The intern will learn about a variety of aspects of operations of a historical society with a focus on collections practices. It includes 100 hours of service with a stipend of $1,500. Work days include Tues and Thursday (flexible hours) and Sunday afternoon (2pm to 5pm).

Duties:
The OHS Intern position will include:
Gaining a hands-on understanding of various collections and curatorial practices that fulfill our historical preservation mission.
Updating accession records in the computer catalog system ensuring that descriptions noted in the original “deed of gift” paperwork is accurate.
Guiding/educating visitors and training Docents through two historic houses and 7 annual exhibitions.
Assisting with presenting humanities events including lectures, concerts and gallery talks.
The Gardiner Young Scholars Intern will be required to submit a short video presentation on their experience.

Qualifications:
Students aged 18 to 22
Good communications skills
Attention to detail
Reliable and hardworking
Available on work days

Apply:
Submit a resume or letter that includes work experience, education, special skill(s), school activities, awards, community service, and special interests to [email protected]

Today we mourn and honor the military personnel who gave their lives while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. No matter w...
05/31/2021

Today we mourn and honor the military personnel who gave their lives while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. No matter where or when they were born or gave their last full measure, OHS salutes their valor and sacrifice.

Today we mourn and honor the military personnel who gave their lives while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. No matter where or when they were born or gave their last full measure, OHS salutes their valor and sacrifice.

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

Friday 2pm - 5pm
Saturday 11am - 5pm
Sunday 2pm - 5pm

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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Is there a recording of the program you did on zoom relating to the Temperance Movement? I could have sworn I took screen shots of some of info but sure can't find them now. I hoped to do some research on great grandmother Nancy West Vail who was the hotel doyenne in the late 19th century and her participation in that movement. Any help will be appreciated.
I know this is silly but there were never street addresses in the old days. When did the OHS become 1555 Village Lane?
Pound traps have been used by local native Americans to catch fish for centuries. This fishing technique is still used today.
Saturday, February 13th @ 5pm: "Alone Together” Virtual Lecture: "The History of the Wharf at Oysterponds," presented by John Holzapfel
#HistoryCorrected My GG Grandmother was buried in Orient Point Central Cemetery back in 1916 but for whatever reason, there was no gravestone put in place for her and this has just been corrected. Eight-generations of my grandmother's family are buried in this cemetery and they are one of the founding families of Orient Point, initially called Oysterponds. Now her stone sits next to her children who died young and her husband. Back in the late 1800s divorce was not available for most women, and I have a journal written by her 1st cousin by marriage who was the same age and also separated from her husband of, believe it or not, an almost exact same name. Back then the children were forced to choose between the mother or father seemingly forever according to this journal. I believe that is why there was no marker for Eliza Fish (Adams) Glover and I wanted to correct history forever going forward. Thanks go to Oysterponds Historical Society for their help over the years in tracking down critical information needed to be able to able to have this stone placed in Central Cemetery.
As a kid, I remember a growing Greek community around early 1960s in East Marion. They'd be fishing early in the morning, and my mom would buy puffers from their buckets. My mom was an amazing Italian cook and knew just how to cook them. If you are what you eat, I think I was a puffer fish that summer. What a wonderful memory!