2022 Year in Review

What an absolutely wonderful year, filled with events and special happenings that brought in friends and neighbors from the community and beyond. It was delightful to welcome visitors, to share with them the rich history of Southold, to tell them the stories and tales, to get together for social events and to enjoy the sharing of knowledge and interests.
We decided to offer a Year in Review for 2022 to remember the highlights of the season. Thank you to our volunteers for helping to make it such a special year, and to our members and community patrons who support us. Not only did these many events help raise funds for the museum, but a lovely time was had by all!
We hope to see you soon!
Please CLICK HERE for a special message from
Executive Director Deanna Witte-Walker.

Educational Lectures Throughout the Year

This year we welcomed many notable authors and historians to present their knowledge on a variety of subjects of interest to the community online via Zoom.
These included:
  • Writer and Orient resident Tom Dyja discussing: “Baseball on the North Fork”
  • Don Fisher of the Railroad Museum of Long Island presenting: “The Wondrous World of Model Trains”
  • Author Phil Carlucci’s informative presentation: “Looking Back on 130 Years of Long Island Golf”
We also hosted in-person lectures including:
  • Author Mary Korpi discussing: “Stella Prince, the Lady Lighthouse Keeper- Fact or Fiction”
  • Newsday Writer Bill Bleyer presenting: “Little Known Aspects of Long Island’s Maritime History”

Paintings from Our Collection on Display

at Nassau County Museum of Art

With an extensive collection of art from notable area artists, we were so pleased when the Nassau County Museum of Art asked to borrow some of our paintings for their 2022 “Impressionism: A World View” exhibit!
We carefully packed up some of the pieces, including Lemuel Wiles’s Montauk Point, Thomas Currie-Bell’s Seagulls Feeding, Edith Prellwitz’s Portrait of Helena Jefferson Meredith, Julia Wickham’s The Scallop Fleet as well as six other fine works. The talent of these North Fork artists was on view in conjunction with some of the most renowned Impressionist artists from around the world through July 2022.

“Discover Southold” Scavenger Hunt

The popular “Discover Southold” Scavenger Hunt returned for spring of 2022. Residents and visitors of all ages came out to form teams to hunt for historic clues around Southold. It was a great way for people to get out and explore the neighborhood while learning some tidbits about Southold’s rich history. Participants took selfies along the way as they followed clues downloaded from an app.

Fun and Exciting Fundraising Events Reveal the Generosity of Our Community

Several fundraising events were held with many donated goods and services that rallied the community to step forward to help support their local museum.
These included the April Showers Dinner at Front Street Station Restaurant; a Silent Auction to benefit Southold Historical Museum, featuring some fabulous items for bidding; Wine by the Vines at Pellegrini Vineyards; and Dinner for Two by Maroni Southold.
We also featured local art and artists in our “Ten Squared: Paint the North Fork” online exhibit and sale earlier this year, as well as in our currentTen Squared: A Season for Art” event, currently on our website through Dec. 15.

Martha Stewart and Others Enjoyed Local Antiques, Fine Art and Crafts

We were thrilled when Martha Stewart stopped in at our Treasure Exchange with her publicist, Susan Magrino, this summer. Both purchased several gently used treasures and said they enjoyed their experience.
We also held two Antiques, Fine Art, and Crafts Fairs this year in conjunction with the Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild, both on the grounds of the Maple Lane Complex, along with our popular Yard Sale on the porch of the historic Prince Building.

Wonderful Turnout for Our First Ever

Pickleball Tournament

What a tremendous response and a great amount of fun we had at our first ever Pickleball Tournament to benefit Southold Historical Museum.
We were so thankful for our volunteers and sponsors and all the participants who made this such a lovely event. Held at the Southold Pickleball Court at Tasker Park, Pickleball is described as an infectious game, part tennis/part ping pong that promotes laughter, fun, and healthy activity. We certainly shared a lot of that!

Special Summer Exhibits at Maple Lane and Nautical Museum

This summer we featured two special exhibits: “Summer Colonies of Southold” at the Mayne Gallery in the Ann Currie-Bell House; and “Undercover: Stories of Rum Running in Southold” at the Nautical Museum at Horton Point Lighthouse.
Both were fascinating looks at the rich history of the area. The “Summer Colonies” exhibit included photos, paintings and memorabilia from a time when summer colonies began to emerge here in the 1920s. And the “Undercover” exhibit showcased the secret rum running activity that occurred here during Prohibition

 Fun for Families at Our Ice Cream Social

A wonderful time was had by all at our Ice Cream Social on the grounds of the Maple Lane Complex.
Families enjoyed children’s games, live music, antique cars, blacksmithing and printing demonstrations, along with tours of the many historic buildings at the site. And, of course, ice cream on a hot summer day!

Reliving History at a

Revolutionary War Encampment

The grounds of the Maple Lane Complex served as a living history encampment set up by the reenactors from the Third New York Regiment!
The community came out to see how Revolutionary Era soldiers lived as they traveled to join General Washington and his troops. Visitors experienced 18th-century camp life, including demonstrations of firearms, military drills, and other daily tasks.

End-of-Year Holiday Events!

We were pleased to bring our beloved holiday events to the community as a perfect end to the year. The Candlelight Tour & Tree Lighting on the grounds of the Maple Lane Complex featured magical holiday decorations, historic demonstrations, visits with Santa, children’s games, music, and a beautiful Christmas Village display in the Ann Currie-Bell House. Peconic Land Trust offered tours of the nearby, and newly restored, 1747 Lt. Moses Case House as well.
And the Annual Holiday Fair was filled with wonderful gift items from a variety of vendors and talented local artisans and featured family activities, a visit with Santa, a “Holiday Auction”, bake sale and more.

Special Thanks to Our Volunteers, Sponsors,

Staff, and Interns

Our volunteers and staff are truly at the heart of our organization. Whether acting as docents at our historic sites, assisting customers at the Treasure Exchange, or working to make our many year-round events so special, we are truly thankful.
And much gratitude to our many sponsors!
This year we also welcomed Justyna Solowinska as our Bainbridge Memorial Intern, and Reagan Treharne as our 2022 Gardiner Young Scholar.
We appreciate all you do!
Your gracious support allows Southold Historical Museum
to offer many free events throughout the year. Thank you!




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