Historical Heritage Sites

Steeped in rich history, each town boasts a rich heritage complete with museums and historical societies that illuminate the region's facinating history.

Consult the listings below to explore the historical marvel of the North Fork, and don't forget to check opening times!

1115 Main Bayview Road
Southold, NY
Phone: (631) 765-2626
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Custer Institute & Observatory

 View the night sky through large telescopes at Long Island's oldest public observatory.

Lectures, concerts, art exhibits and more.

Phone: (631) 406-6180
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East End Lighthouse, Inc.

Special Events, Tours and Preservation.

Donations accepted.

Phone: (631) 477-2100
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East End Seaport and Maritime Museum
Riverhead, NY
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Hallockville Historical Farmstead Tours
Mattituck, NY
Phone: (631) 298-5248
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Mattituck-Laurel Historical Society & Museum
Phone: 631-734-7122
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The Old House Society - Cutchogue/New Suffolk Historical Council
416 Griffing Ave, Riverhead
440-4th street, Greenport
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Railroad Museum of Long Island
Shelter Island, NY
Phone: (631) 749-0025
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Shelter Island Historical Society
Phone: (631) 765-5500
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Southold Historical Society Museum Grounds
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Southold Indian Museum

School programs available.

Tours by appointment all year.

$2 adults, $.50 children.

300 West Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901
Phone: 631-727-2881
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The Suffolk county Historical Society

The Suffolk County Historical Society was founded in 1886 by a group of forward-looking county residents.

The Civil War had recently ended; the country had just celebrated its Centennial; and Americans were thinking about their heritage and how to preserve it. The founders of the society realized that in a rapidly changing world, if something were not done to record the county’s history it would soon be lost. The County Seat of Riverhead was chosen as the logical place to found the new society, and County Surrogate Judge James H. Tuthill became the first President. The society began collecting items almost immediately, and the first displays were placed in a small glass case in Tuthill’s Riverhead office.

Since its founding, the purpose of the Suffolk County Historical Society has remained essentially the same: to collect, preserve and interpret the ongoing history of Suffolk County and its people. To fulfill these purposes the society operates a history museum, a library and archives, and offers educational programs and events. The society houses a unique, ever-growing collection of artifacts, reflecting more than three centuries of history.

3rd street
Greenport, NY 11944
The 911 and otherwise historic Fireboat "Fire Fighter"