When people typically think of New York history, the city is most likely the first place that comes to mind. However, not many people know that Long Island has a storied history as well! If you would like to learn about our area’s past, check out these Long Island Historical Sites.
Long Island Historical Sites that You Need to Visit
Old Bethpage Village Restoration
Take a trip to the Old Bethpage Village Restoration, one of the biggest and most popular Long Island historical sites, and see how locals lived during the 19th century. Spanning 209 acres, its 36 barns, homes and buildings were all built sometime between 1765 and 1865.
Restoration volunteers dress up in attire of the times and have a vast knowledge of the village’s history, so they can answer just about any question you throw their way. Perfect for families and visitors of all ages, Old Bethpage has so much to offer. Be sure to check out these attractions:
- The Noon Inn bar for a glass of homemade root beer and pretzels
- The Layton general store for a sweet candy stick
- The blacksmith for some old-time welding tutorials
- The hatter to see how hats can be made from hand
- The schoolhouse to sit in on a colonial teaching lesson
- The barns to feed livestock
Old Bethpage Village Restoration will reopen for the season on April 8. Check the online schedule to learn about upcoming events.
Reminiscent of daily life during the early-1900s, the Wantagh Museum consists of three structures that used to be regular neighborhood hotspots: the Jamaica railroad car, the railroad station and the original Wantagh Post Office. In its heyday, the Wantagh train station was one of the area’s most popular transportation hubs.
The train car that’s now frozen in time at the museum used to make daily trips through the station. At its peak, it was the height of luxury, fully equipped with a solarium, kitchen and ice-cooled air conditioner system.
Now, many people visit the museum to walk throughout the facilities, looking at turn-of-the-century photographs and learning about how life used to be in this small town.
Rockville Centre is home to one of the smallest Long Island historical sites, the Phillips House. The Phillips House is a restored Victorian-era home which is filled with period furniture as a way to mimic life in Rockville Centre during the 19th and 20th centuries, when the home was mainly in use.
They have fascinating stuff to check out like:
- Vintage kitchen utensils
- Antique carpentry tools
- Old-school needlepoint
Visitor hours are always from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday from September to June and only Sundays from July to August. Tours are by appointment only, so make sure you call ahead.
Our area has such an incredibly rich and interesting history. Learn more about it at these Long Island historical sites.