Southold Historical Society

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We are underway at the Yard Sale!
09/19/2020

We are underway at the Yard Sale!

09/19/2020

Our volunteers are on the ready!
This is definitely one HUGE yard sale. You won’t want to miss it.
Stop by at 55200 Main Rd, Southold.
Bring your face covering and cash so you can shop ‘til your heart’s content!

This is shaping up to be one of our largest yard sales yet! There will be something for everyone this Saturday from 8:30...
09/16/2020

This is shaping up to be one of our largest yard sales yet! There will be something for everyone this Saturday from 8:30 to 2 at our Museum Complex.
Please remember your mask and to allow for appropriate distance between other yard salers! Looking forward to seeing you.

Click the link below to purchase tickets! Southold Historical Society is pleased to announce a fundraising event in coll...
09/15/2020
“Dinner for Two” by Maroni Southold | SHS

Click the link below to purchase tickets!
Southold Historical Society is pleased to announce a fundraising event in collaboration with Maroni Southold. “Dinner for Two by Maroni Southold” offers an opportunity to enjoy a delicious dinner of Grandma Maroni’s Famous Italian meatballs served over Penne Pomodoro while also supporting your local history museum. The take out dinner will be Thursday, October 8, 2020. Maroni Southold is donating their goods and service so that all proceeds will benefit Southold Historical Society.

Southold Historical Society is pleased to announce a fundraising event with Maroni Southold. Enjoy a delicious dinner of Grandma Maroni’s Famous Italian meatballs served over Penne Pomodoro while also supporting your local history museum.

A Call for Artists for the 10” x 10” Online Art Exhibition and Sale entitled: Ten Squared: North Fork in Winter Back by ...
09/15/2020

A Call for Artists for the 10” x 10” Online Art Exhibition and Sale entitled:
Ten Squared: North Fork in Winter

Back by popular demand, Ten Squared is a fundraising exhibit and sale for Southold Historical Society. The theme of this winter exhibit entitled Ten Squared: North Fork in Winter. In this non-juried exhibition, artists are invited to submit pieces that are exactly 10” x 10”. Each work will be sold for $100, half of which will benefit Southold Historical Society. The online exhibition and sale will be November 15 – December 15, 2020. For a nominal fee, the buyer will be able to have the artwork gift wrap & shipped.

Artists are invited to submit up to 3 works which measure 10” x 10” including frame. All mediums are accepted. Art works should be dry. Please attach a label to the back of the artwork with Artist Name, Title, and Medium. (As noted: all artwork will be sold for $100.00, half which will benefit Southold Historical Society.)
Finished 10” x 10” works are due to the Society office by Friday, October 23, 2020. Kindly call for instructions regarding drop off, which will take place during office hours (10 am-2pm) from Monday, October 19 through Friday, October 23. Unsold work must be retrieved by January 8, 2021 or will be recycled. Instructions will follow for pick-up of unsold works.

For more information please visit our website at www.southoldhistoricalsociety.org or via email [email protected] attention Lee Cleary or call 631.765.5500.

09/14/2020

Congratulations to our Cheers to 60 years raffle winners!!

https://www.newsday.com/long-island/illuminating-history-students-lift-up-stories-of-african-americans-on-li-1.49129184C...
09/13/2020
Illuminating history: Students lift up stories of African Americans on LI

https://www.newsday.com/long-island/illuminating-history-students-lift-up-stories-of-african-americans-on-li-1.49129184

Check out the article in today's Newsday that features the work of Stony Brook students, including the assignment that Felicia LaLomia completed on Southold Historical Society's exhibit on the enslaved people who lived in of our historic houses.

“I passed by this neighborhood so many times and never thought of stopping to look,” Antonia Brogna said about the Bethel-Christian Avenue-Laurel Hill Historic District marker on the route to her aunt

A challenge to our regulars! Do you recognize this room? Do you know the furniture?Although the room has changed some ov...
09/11/2020

A challenge to our regulars! Do you recognize this room? Do you know the furniture?

Although the room has changed some over the years, this is indeed the parlor of the Ann Currie-Bell house. Today, the chair and settee have beige upholstery. Now does it look familiar?

Notice the stained glass window on the west wall. We had thought a couple of years ago about reproducing the window that appears in the photo, but alas it was too much money! Perhaps one day?

#southoldhistoricalsociety #southold #anncurriebell #anncurriebellhouse #stainedglass #upholstry #historu #southoldtown #museum #northfork #longisland #nofo

Have you ever driven down the North Road and wondered what it looked like before it was widened? Or where the original r...
09/04/2020

Have you ever driven down the North Road and wondered what it looked like before it was widened? Or where the original road was?

This 1965 photograph in our collection answers both questions. Looking east, the two lane paved road is what later became the west bound lanes of today’s four lane divided highway.

The red barn on the right side of the photo still stands, but the old Wickham house that once stood in front of it was moved to the Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Council before the road was widened. Also interesting to note is that the road was not Route 48 at that time. It was called Route 27! #southoldhistoricalsociety #cutchogue #northroad #rt48 #peconic #cutchoguenewsuffolkhistoricalsociety #oldroad #history #development #change #duallane

When was the last time any of us got together for a beach picnic like this! This photo, circa 1935, depicts a picnic fea...
09/02/2020

When was the last time any of us got together for a beach picnic like this!
This photo, circa 1935, depicts a picnic feast at the beach up in Peconic Inlet. Joseph Hallock is on the left in the chair with a fedora; Tom Currie-Bell is next to him; and Ann Currie-Bell is just in front of them with the stocking cap. Also, pictured are Genevieve Albertson, Ethel Dickerson and Adelaide Hill. This looks like a wonderful day out - with dessert on the menu!
#southoldhistoricalsociety #peconic #beachday #picnic #beach #beachpicnic #beachpics #retro #1935

Southold Historical Society
08/25/2020

Southold Historical Society

Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could
08/22/2020

Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could

Here's the scoop! I’m sprinkling a few tunes on the Southold Historical Society's Virtual Ice Cream Social today. Float on by at 4pm. Saturday (not Sundae) Aug 22. 🍦

More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/3180340872052391/

Our Treasure Exchange volunteers will be at the Prince Building today for a lawn sale. Lots of treasures at discounted p...
08/22/2020

Our Treasure Exchange volunteers will be at the Prince Building today for a lawn sale. Lots of treasures at discounted prices!
Cash only.
Please remember your mask.
We look forward to seeing you.

Looks like tomorrow is going to be a great day for ice cream. What day isn't a great day for ice cream? We are looking f...
08/21/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Virtual Ice Cream Social with Southold Historical Society. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Looks like tomorrow is going to be a great day for ice cream.
What day isn't a great day for ice cream?
We are looking forward to sharing the Virtual Ice Cream Social together. Please register here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aANfH6xWTCyPBqR215DmqQ?fbclid=IwAR2E8P4syUoU9ZUgRZFhjFlSwfG4rcJJ6DvURTcfcUtNBpz_FGLH6WrE6II

You are invited to join Southold Historical Society for our first ever Virtual Ice Cream Social. In the past, families have flocked to the historical society grounds for fun. This year, the Society wants you to flock to your favorite electronic device to join in the fun. Ice cream devotees of all ag...

Southold Historical Society
08/20/2020

Southold Historical Society

Please look for us this Saturday morning on the front lawn of the Prince Building, 54325 Main Rd., Southold.  Cash and c...
08/19/2020

Please look for us this Saturday morning on the front lawn of the Prince Building, 54325 Main Rd., Southold. Cash and carry. Please remember your mask and your reusable bag.

Please share this post and join us Saturday. Support your local Small Businesses and enjoy all we have to offer!

Greater Hudson Heritage Network
08/19/2020

Greater Hudson Heritage Network

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment. We honor all those who fought for (and continue to fight for) equal access to voting rights. ⠀


📸: Harris & Ewing, photographer. In front of National Woman's Party headquarters, Washington, D.C. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, . Colorized by K. Sclafani

Painting Shown: Mary Lee " 26-1/2 x 36-1/2" by Irving WilesIrving Ramsey WilesIrving Ramsey Wiles (1861-1948) was one of...
08/15/2020

Painting Shown: Mary Lee " 26-1/2 x 36-1/2" by Irving Wiles
Irving Ramsey Wiles

Irving Ramsey Wiles (1861-1948) was one of the most important American Impressionists and portrait painters of his day. Art was in his DNA; his father, Lemuel Maynard Wiles, was also a widely acclaimed and exhibited artist.

Wiles was born in Utica, New York. He first came to the North Fork at the invitation of Edward August Bell, who was instrumental in starting what was to become the Peconic School, a loosely associated group of important painters who fell in love with our area’s bays, creeks, and Sound-front, our harbors and fields and woodlands. Like the many painters who followed the original group, Wiles was enchanted by the North Fork’s ever-changing light, as it sweeps from Sound to Bay.

His life as an artist began as a student of William Merritt Chase, with whom Wiles began to study when he was a boy of twelve. At New York City’s Art Students League, he studied with such important artists as Thomas Dewing. Later, he studied in Paris with none other the Carolus-Duran, the teacher and mentor of John Singer Sargent.

Starting in 1895, along with his father, Wiles began a summer painting school in Peconic. The Old Mill at Goldsmith Inlet was a favorite spot for the Wiles and their students to paint.

After staying in varying hamlets on the North Fork, Wiles bought a 10-acre bay-front stretch along Indian Neck, where he built a cottage and several studio buildings. There, he and his father continued to paint and to teach. He also taught at the Art Students League and the National Academy, of which he was an important member.

He painted society portraits, portraits of important politicians and of major performing artists. But it is for his beautiful, contemplative landscapes, domestic scenes and maritime paintings, especially of scallop boats, that Wiles is best remembered today.

Wiles had one enormous and tragic flaw: When it came to money, he was hopelessly profligate. He died penniless, supported by his daughter, the artist Gladys Lee Wiles, in Peconic, in 1948. #southoldhistoricalsociety #collectionscorner #localartist #artisthighlight #southold #wiles #peconic #nofo

Yes, the color of the photo is actually blue! This is a cynotype of one of the three fire departments that once protecte...
08/07/2020

Yes, the color of the photo is actually blue! This is a cynotype of one of the three fire departments that once protected Southold hamlet from fire. The Protection Engine Company’s fire station stood on Beckwith Avenue. The second floor of the building was a meeting room

The fire company moved out in 1937, when the three fire departments consolidated together to form the Southold Fire Department and their new brick building across from Maple Lane was completed. The Beckwith station still stands minus its tower on the corner of Beckwith and Travelers Street. #firedepartment #southold #southoldhistoricalsociety #firedepartment #nofo #northfork #southoldhamlet

So pleased to be able to collaborate with The Giving Room this summer!
08/02/2020

So pleased to be able to collaborate with The Giving Room this summer!

Caroline M. Bell  "Beach Cedars" in the collection of Southold Historical Society.   Caroline Bell (1874-1970) known as ...
07/28/2020

Caroline M. Bell "Beach Cedars" in the collection of Southold Historical Society.

Caroline Bell (1874-1970) known as “Dolly,” was a North Fork hunter/gatherer. She hunted beautiful outdoor vistas to paint and gathered a like-minded group of students and artists to accompany her on her adventures.
Born into a renowned family of studio photographers, Bell’s family moved around a lot and lived mostly in hotels. Childhood summers were often spent in Mattituck. After her mother died in 1907, Bell moved to Mattituck, where she eventually built a home and studio.
Initially self-taught, she studied painting with Edward August Bell and Whitney Hubbard. Later, she became associated with painters in Rockport and Gloucester in Massachusetts, studying with Emile Gruppe and Anthony Thieme.
As a teacher, Bell never charged for lessons, living on family money and sales from her work. She would determine a North Fork spot to paint, and then place each student at what she felt was an ideal vantage point. She exhibited widely on Long Island, in New England and in New York City, and was a member of many prominent art associations.
Caroline Bell was strongly drawn painting to boats and boatmen, and it is for these works that she is most remembered. She traveled widely, but always returned home to her beloved Mattituck.

(Grab the opportunity to take a chance on your own Dolly Bell painting - the ultimate two-fer: a two-sided maritime painting by Caroline M. Bell, valued at $750, which is being raffled by the Southold Historical Society, as part of our “Cheers to 60 Years” raffle. For $60, you can buy a chance to win a beautiful two sided painting by this noted local artist.) For more information, check out the raffle here:
https://www.southoldhistoricalsociety.org/cheers-to-60-years-raffle

#southoldhistoricalsociety #localartist #history #southold #northfork #arthistory #art #artist #nofo

This photograph depicts the East Marion-Orient Causeway, in 1961, before the seawall was built. In the foreground the wa...
07/10/2020

This photograph depicts the East Marion-Orient Causeway, in 1961, before the seawall was built.

In the foreground the waves have cut away enough of the land that the utility pole is in danger of collapse. Lester Albertson, the Town Supervisor at the time, requested the concerning area be photographed. The barrier and wall were installed along most of the length of the causeway to hold back the erosion. #southoldhistoricalsociety #eastmarion #orient #nofo #causeway #1961 #erosion #erosioncontrol #southoldtown #stormerosion

Thomas Currie-BellThomas Currie-Bell (1873-1946) was the husband of Southold Historical Society’s benefactor and founder...
07/07/2020

Thomas Currie-Bell

Thomas Currie-Bell (1873-1946) was the husband of Southold Historical Society’s benefactor and founder, Ann Currie-Bell. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and studied there at the Royal Scottish Academy and in London at the Royal Academy of Art, where he specialized in portraiture.

He met Ann Hallock in France in 1928. He was there painting, and she was traveling with her parents. The following year, he came to Southold, and they were married. He built a studio filled with windows and skylights on Hallock family property at Paradise Point. As both a painter and a magazine illustrator, he met with considerable success and exhibited widely, both in Europe and throughout the U.S. Ann and Tom wintered in Florida, where his work was included in many art exhibits. His passion was racing his boat, the “Bluebell,” leading to his local nickname, “the Skipper.” Ann and Tom Currie-Bell had no children. But she was deeply committed to the history of Southold. She was both visionary and generous, leaving her charming Victorian home, its contents, and its adjacent property to create and endow the Southold Historical Society. The house and its property, along with Tom’s paintings in our collection, are her important and enduring legacy in our town. #localartists #southoldhistoricalsociety #southold #art #northfork #history #historical #collections #artcollections

Wishing you a safe and happy 4th of July.
07/04/2020

Wishing you a safe and happy 4th of July.

ART SALE IS NOW OPEN!!Our online Art Exhibit and Sale, “Ten Squared: Our Local Natural World” is OPEN NOW!
07/01/2020

ART SALE IS NOW OPEN!!

Our online Art Exhibit and Sale, “Ten Squared: Our Local Natural World” is OPEN NOW!

ONLINE ART EXHIBIT AND SALE OPENS 9AM TOMORROW MORNING!!REMINDER :)Our online Art Exhibit and Sale, “Ten Squared: Our Lo...
06/30/2020

ONLINE ART EXHIBIT AND SALE OPENS 9AM TOMORROW MORNING!!
REMINDER :)

Our online Art Exhibit and Sale, “Ten Squared: Our Local Natural World” starts tomorrow, July 1st at 9:00 AM.

The sale is on a first come, first served basis and will run through July 31, 2020! Don't miss your chance to own a one of a kind art piece created by a local artist!

Have your credit or debit card ready...artwork is to be purchased on our website via Paypal or Paypal guest checkout.

To preview available art, visit:
https://www.southoldhistoricalsociety.org/art-sale-preview

To access our sale at 9am tomorrow morning, visit our website!

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54325 Route 25
Southold, NY
11971

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Do you have any knowledge of an area of SOUTHOLD at one time being called PITTSTON. SOmeone on Long Island History's page has a postcard that was mailed back in 1909 that says on it ... "The Beach, Pittston, L.I." but cannot find it on any old maps or new maps ... the postmark says SOUTHOLD... https://www.facebook.com/groups/1143717708991194/permalink/2839097426119872/
This postcard was posted in LONG ISLAND HISTORY's Facebbok page ... owner wanted to know if anyone knows were PITTSTON, L.I. is/was... The postcard was mailed in 1909 from Southold and says ... "Friend, We got here safe and like it very good for the few hours we have been here so far..." But only can find a Pittston in Penn & Maine Yet postcard says ... "THE BEACH, PITTSTON, L.I." ... was any part of SOUTHOLD once called Pittston (or known by locals in 1909 as Pittston???... https://www.facebook.com/groups/1143717708991194/permalink/2839097426119872/
**Help Support the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery Memorial Campaign** @SSHMarinersGenealogy The Descendants of Sailors’ Snug Harbor Mariners have been reaching out to the Greater New York City Metro Area Heritage (Historical and Genealogical) Societies, Museums, Military Veterans Groups, and Concerned Citizens, to invite them to join a Letters of Support Campaign to support their efforts to gain access to the old Sailors’ Snug Harbor Cemetery on Staten Island to honor their Ancestors, and all of the 6,500 Merchant and Naval Mariners interred there (1834-1976), by installing a Memorial Monument (Obelisk) and holding an annual Memorial Service. Some of the Mariners were famous Sea Captains and some sailed on famous Merchant and Naval ships dating back to the American Revolution. Many were just average seamen whom sailed and endured for many years on the sea under arduous conditions. Sadly, the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery is devoid of gravestones or markers, except for 15 remaining gravestones. The Cemetery is closed and not open to the public. The Board of Trustees of Sailors' Snug Harbor have rejected the Descendants' requests to access the SSH Cemetery to honor their Ancestors. The Descendants are collecting Letters of Support to persuade the Trustees of Sailors’ Snug Harbor to change their decision. For more information and Support Letter Writing Instructions, use the following link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sZv5VFLNWw0HA-pW2i33RhbgVFQ6oExx
Any Conklins left in Southold? My 4th GGF, Jacob Conklin 1746-1795, was a "refugee" who escaped the British in 1776 by crossing LI Sound and settled in Madison, CT. He had 6 sons: Usher, Gamaliel, Joseph, Christopher, John, Frederick. Never could find the ancestry of his 1st wife Mary Conklin 1745-1782. She was the mother of the first 5 sons. Jacob married 2nd to Mary Lee in CT and she was mother to Frederick who was a veteran of the War of 1812.
Thank you to all who came out to show your support as we honored Helen and Charles Reichert and their support of Southold Historical Society.
I gave some items to Treasure Chest. The experience was wonderful. Not only were they very professional, but my items sold much better than if I tried to do it myself. I will continue to bring "MY" treasures to have them sell to others who will appreciate a treasure. Thank you again.
Greetings. I have just gotten a chance to read your Plum Island book, and I need a clarification if someone will kindly reply. I am a descendant of the Wetmores who were keepers of the light for 43 years. I notice in your text that you identify the sister of little Blanche Wetmore who lit herself on fire and tragically died there as "Ida" -- and I wonder where that name comes from? Family records show the name of her sister to be "Ruth Evelyn" and that indeed is what the 1900 U.S. census shows. Could someone clarify for us? Also...I have a contemporaneous photo of Blanche, and I wonder if you would like a digital image of it? She was my grandmother's cousin.I keep it on a shelf with fresh yellow rosebuds, in the hope that at least someone will remember her memory. Poor little tyke. There is one other question that I have: Can someone tell me what the location of Beebe's Throne is? That's the rock named after Samuel Beebe III, celebrated early part owner of Plum Island. Thanks very much. I live in Oregon -- have seen Plum Island from the CT shore, but likely will never get there. It means a lot to my family, though.
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