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.
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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.

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.

Operating as usual

Oysterponds Historical Society's cover photo
01/20/2021

Oysterponds Historical Society's cover photo

Oysterponds Historical Society's cover photo
01/20/2021

Oysterponds Historical Society's cover photo

The Board and Staff of Oysterponds Historical Society would like to wish our members, donors, and friends a happy--and h...
12/21/2020

The Board and Staff of Oysterponds Historical Society would like to wish our members, donors, and friends a happy--and healthy!--New Year!

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11/24/2020

Oysterponds Historical Society's cover photo

11/04/2020
Preservation Long Island

Preservation Long Island

We are the regional advocate for historic preservation on Long Island.

11/04/2020
Sylvester Manor Educational Farm

Sylvester Manor Educational Farm

Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island’s 1652 homestead, has embarked on a new era as an organic farm, historic plantation and vibrant arts and education center.

“Wish You Were Here” is OHS’s personal invitation to join us in our mission.The Oysterponds Historical Society is a memb...
11/04/2020

“Wish You Were Here” is OHS’s personal invitation to join us in our mission.

The Oysterponds Historical Society is a membership organization, which means that EVERY member—no matter the membership level—gets a voice in our current work and our future. We believe that the larger and more diverse our member base, the better we will be in meeting the community’s needs. In short, we need and want every one of you!

For more information and to sign up, please visit
https://oysterpondshistoricalsociety.org/get-involved/membership/

[Pictured: Undoubtedly, one of the most popular events that OHS sponsors every year is North Fork Fresh, a community celebration of local food, drink, and goodwill.]

On Halloween night over 75 incredible jack-o-lanterns (plus two enormous eyeballs) graced the Old Point Schoolhouse lawn...
11/01/2020

On Halloween night over 75 incredible jack-o-lanterns (plus two enormous eyeballs) graced the Old Point Schoolhouse lawn. Scary music, lots of trick-or-treaters, and plenty of goodies made for a enormously fun Oysterponds happening!

A grand--and spooky!--time was had by all!

10/31/2020
Preservation Long Island

Preservation Long Island

We are the regional advocate for historic preservation on Long Island.

10/31/2020
Sylvester Manor Educational Farm

Sylvester Manor Educational Farm

Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island’s 1652 homestead, has embarked on a new era as an organic farm, historic plantation and vibrant arts and education center.

“Wish You Were Here” is OHS’s personal invitation to join us in our mission, as a member. There are a range of Membershi...
10/29/2020

“Wish You Were Here” is OHS’s personal invitation to join us in our mission, as a member. There are a range of Membership levels to choose from, starting at only $30 per year.

Sign up now and your membership is valid for the remainder of this year thru 2021.

Go to https://OysterpondsHistoricalSociety.org for more details and to join.

Perhaps you’re wondering what OHS does with your membership fee and the donations it receives throughout the year. Well, with your support and the support of the entire community, the Oysterponds Historical Society…

• Maintains seven historic buildings, including Village House, Webb House, and the Old Point Schoolhouse

• Cares for 8.5 acres of grounds, including Poquatuck Park, a cherished community gathering spot

• Actively manages a significant collection of over 60,000 exceptional artifacts, works of art, and archival objects

• Delivers over 30 compelling exhibits, programs, lectures, and other activities every year, all free to members

• Sponsors Heritage Day, free to all, with a parade, kids' bike contest, the reading of the Declaration of Independence, and—let's not forget!—those great hot dogs and brownies

• Presents North Fork Fresh, a community celebration of local food, drink, and good will

• Sponsors a Summer Benefit, showcasing and supporting local artists and businesses

• Supports other local community organizations and historic preservation efforts

We "Wish You Were Here".... as a valued member of our community!

[Pictured: In the midst of the pandemic, OHS hosted an "Iceboating Roundtable" on the Schoolhouse lawn which complemented our "Iceboating in Oysterponds" exhibition.]

“Wish You Were Here” is OHS’s personal invitation to join us in our mission, as a member. OHS is inextricably intertwine...
10/26/2020

“Wish You Were Here” is OHS’s personal invitation to join us in our mission, as a member.

OHS is inextricably intertwined with the community. Gathering together at our programs, lectures, events, and exhibits is essential to building our collective sense of place in this area we love. This year, what we did and how we did it was necessarily different. But our mission was the same: preserving and interpreting Oysterponds history, educating, exhibiting, and celebrating… together.

We passionately believe that doing more of that with more of you strengthens OHS and the broader community.

Sign up as a member or renew your membership for the remainder of this year thru 2021:

https://oysterpondshistoricalsociety.org/get-involved/membership/

Pictured: The cherished Heritage Day Kids Bicycle Parade

"Wish You Were Here" is our personal invitation to join the Oysterponds Historical Society in its mission, as a member. ...
10/19/2020

"Wish You Were Here" is our personal invitation to join the Oysterponds Historical Society in its mission, as a member. We need and want all of you!

There are a range of options to choose from, starting at $30 per year. A new feature this year is that all memberships will run through the 2021 calendar year.

And, because OHS is a membership organization, every member, no matter the level, gets a voice in our current work and our future, as well as free admission ($5 for non-members) to all OHS Buildings & Exhibits and special Members-only pricing to select events, activities and programs.

We "Wish You Were Here".... as a valued member of our community!

Please visit http://OysterpondsHistoricalSociety.org for further details and to sign up.

We are delighted to report that the Secret Postcard Project online auction raised over $30,000!A sincere and enthusiasti...
09/10/2020

We are delighted to report that the Secret Postcard Project online auction raised over $30,000!

A sincere and enthusiastic thank you to the artists, the bidders, the volunteers, the Secret Postcard Project Committee helmed by co-chairs EJ Camp and Leslie Cohen, and our sponsors: The Anna Goldie Charitable Trust and Safe Harbor Marinas.

For more details click here:

http://oysterpondshistoricalsociety.org/the-secret-postcard-project-wish-you-were-here/

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09/01/2020

Oysterponds Historical Society's cover photo

Now is not the time to sit on the fence! Online bidding for OHS's Secret Postcard Project is now live!Over 150 sensation...
08/31/2020

Now is not the time to sit on the fence! Online bidding for OHS's Secret Postcard Project is now live!

Over 150 sensational postcards were submitted; go to www.Postcard.GiveSmart.com and make a bid (or three!).

Orient Walkabout for OHS’s Secret Postcard ProjectThru Sat., 9/5 - 8pm to 10pm each nightCome view the impressive Secret...
08/28/2020

Orient Walkabout for OHS’s Secret Postcard Project

Thru Sat., 9/5 - 8pm to 10pm each night

Come view the impressive Secret Postcard Project submissions--in person!

Postcards and portraits of familiar community faces will be projected at four sites along Village Lane: Webb House; Methodist Church; Old Point School House; and the Orient Yacht Club.

(Attendees must wear masks and observe proper social distancing.)

The online bidding is now live! Visit www.PostCard.GiveSmart.com, review the postcard submissions, and start bidding!

Here are five out of the many impressive illustrated postcards submitted to OHS as part of our "Secret Postcard Project"...
08/19/2020

Here are five out of the many impressive illustrated postcards submitted to OHS as part of our "Secret Postcard Project" online auction.

You can browse all the submissions at www.postcard.givesmart.com before the bidding starts on August 31st. More will be posted shortly!

Visit www.oysterpondshistoricalsociety.org for more details!

Here are five out of the many impressive illustrated postcards submitted to OHS as part of our "Secret Postcard Project"...
08/14/2020

Here are five out of the many impressive illustrated postcards submitted to OHS as part of our "Secret Postcard Project" online auction.

You can browse all the submissions at www.postcard.givesmart.com before the bidding starts on August 31st. More will be posted shortly!

Visit www.oysterpondshistoricalsociety.org for more details!

Join the fun—and support OHS!This illustrated postcard (below), entitled "Luscious Strawberries," is but one of many sub...
08/13/2020

Join the fun—and support OHS!

This illustrated postcard (below), entitled "Luscious Strawberries," is but one of many submitted to OHS as part of our "Secret Postcard Project" online auction.

You can browse all the submissions at www.postcard.givesmart.com before the bidding starts on August 31st. More will be posted shortly!

The deadline for submitting your own artistic postcard creation has been extended to August 15th, so don’t delay!

Visit www.oysterpondshistoricalsociety.org for more details!

Join the fun—and support OHS!This image of the "Bug Light" lighthouse is but one a many incredible illustrated postcards...
08/07/2020

Join the fun—and support OHS!

This image of the "Bug Light" lighthouse is but one a many incredible illustrated postcards submitted to OHS as part of our "Secret Postcard Project" online auction.

You can browse all the submissions at www.postcard.givesmart.com before the bidding starts on August 31st.

The deadline for submitting your own artistic postcard creation has been extended to August 15th, so don’t delay!

Visit www.oysterpondshistoricalsociety.org for more details!

2020 Summer Exhibition (open to the public through September 27th):Iceboating in OysterpondsAdmission Free!Monday – Thur...
07/18/2020

2020 Summer Exhibition (open to the public through September 27th):

Iceboating in Oysterponds

Admission Free!

Monday – Thursday: Closed
Friday: 2pm – 5pm
Saturday: 11am – 5pm
Sunday: 2pm – 5pm

Where: The Old Point Schoolhouse – 1555 Village Lane, Orient, NY 11957

When: Starting Friday, July 17th

Air-conditioned!

A few years ago, the late Bob Reeves, one of the North Fork’s preeminent iceboating authorities and practitioners, made a splendid gift to OHS of an important 19th century iceboat named Red Bird. (Reeves was key to an iceboat exhibition held at OHS some 25 years ago.) This year’s exhibition–in the Schoolhouse–will feature the impressive Red Bird iceboat surrounded by many photographs depicting iceboating in Orient harbor and on Hallock’s Bay as well as other winter activities.

OHS has been hard at work putting together the first in-person exhibition of 2020–NY State has given us the go-ahead and it has been a long time coming! A significant part of the planning has taken the pandemic into consideration and the exhibition has been designed to facilitate social distancing, mask-wearing, and sanitization best practices

The Heritage Day Virtual Celebration was an unqualified success! Scores of Oysterponds families tuned in via Zoom at noo...
07/07/2020

The Heritage Day Virtual Celebration was an unqualified success! Scores of Oysterponds families tuned in via Zoom at noon on July 5th and enjoyed the red, white and blue festivities--in spite of some unfortunate technical issues. It featured a parade led by the Orient Fire Department as Grand Marshal; readings by community stalwarts of the Declaration of Independence; the singing of God Bless America; the Pledge of Allegiance (all newly recorded!), and much more.

For those of you who were unable to watch it "live" and for those of you who would like to experience it all over again, here's a link to the video recording with virtually all of the technical glitches eliminated.

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/6Jctdbj7rz03HIDG4QSDAKB8W9W8Lqus23Ic8_UKxBqzBXACYVLwZLREYrFP5m2x3-1Gv4d5f_X5ZehD

The video recording is a great aural and visual keepsake of a Heritage Day that succeeded in spite of the current, daunting challenges.

https://suffolktimes.timesreview.com/2020/06/oysterponds-historical-society-forms-working-group-to-study-slavery/
06/24/2020
Oysterponds Historical Society forms Working Group to study slave history

https://suffolktimes.timesreview.com/2020/06/oysterponds-historical-society-forms-working-group-to-study-slavery/

A week after removing a sign marking a presumed slave burial site on Narrow River Road, the Oysterponds Historical Society has formed a working group to research slavery, indentured servitude and farm labor camps in Orient and East Marion from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Earlier this month, the....

https://suffolktimes.timesreview.com/2020/06/editorial-historical-society-takes-small-but-significant-step/
06/21/2020
Editorial: Historical society takes small, but significant, step - The Suffolk Times

https://suffolktimes.timesreview.com/2020/06/editorial-historical-society-takes-small-but-significant-step/

It begins. Finally. Last week, the Oysterponds Historical Society removed the plaque marking a site on Narrow River Road in Orient where slaves are believed to have been buried. This was not am attempt to cover up or deny the past, but the start of an effort to understand it better.  Along with rem...

Oysterponds Historical Society's cover photo
06/20/2020

Oysterponds Historical Society's cover photo

https://suffolktimes.timesreview.com/2020/06/oysterponds-historical-society-moves-to-better-understand-slave-history/
06/18/2020
Oysterponds Historical Society moves to better understand slave history - The Suffolk Times

https://suffolktimes.timesreview.com/2020/06/oysterponds-historical-society-moves-to-better-understand-slave-history/

The Oysterponds Historical Society is taking a big step toward a more complete understanding of history as it begins a study of a slave burial ground on Narrow River Road in Orient. Critics have long said that the study of Southold and Riverhead’s history ignored slavery, the fate of the Native pe...

Today we honor and mourn the military personnel who gave their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces. No...
05/25/2020

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

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
Windish Music & Productions

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In collaboration with our performers, we're proud to present our latest project “Still Standing Together.” Although we can not physically be with one another during this time, we truly believe entertainment still has the power to create unity. To all of our performers, partners, technicians and guests, we hope to bring inspiration to your day. Please enjoy “Still Standing Together”. Elton John
#windishmusic #windishpivot #stillstandingtogether #inspire

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?

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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#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!