Historical Museum


-Join Us this Winter for Events and More-


Warm Up to a Fascinating Lecture by Chef John Ross


You are invited to join us for the first lecture in our Winter Series, featuring the well-known North Fork Chef and Author John Ross. The event will take place on Thursday, February 15th at 4pm at the Southold Town Recreation Center.


Ross will discuss “The Emergence of a True North Fork Cuisine”. He has been a professional chef since 1965 and was the chef/owner of Ross’ North Fork Restaurant in Southold, NY for 27 years. He is considered a pioneer of the Farm to Table movement. He cooked from scratch using local fresh ingredients procured from farm stands, seafood markets, and local wineries at a time when people were embracing convenience foods. He is the author of several books, “The Poetry of Cooking”, “The Food and Wine of the North Fork”, and “The Story of North Fork Wine”.


Please join us for this fascinating free lecture, part of our “Farm to Table: A Not So New Concept” winter lecture series

sponsored by Poliwoda Team of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

 Winter Lecture


Bundle Up for Some Winter Fun at Southold Winterfest


Bring your friends and family to the Third Annual Southold Winterfest from 10am – 3pm on Saturday, Feb. 17. Activities will be held throughout the hamlet, including live entertainment, free food and beverage samples, fun activities for adults and children, special events, as well as free prizes and gift raffles.


Our historic Maple Lane Complex will be open for tours from 11am-2pm. At the Prince Building, the Treasure Exchange will be open from 11am-3pm with a special sale – 20% off the whole shop. The Museum Gift Shop will also be offering a sale with 10% off the whole shop. Please bring your family and friends and join us for some winter fun! Our volunteers look forward to welcoming you. Rain Date: Feb. 18.

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Collections Corner: Ice Kite Skater



Unknown skater, circa 1900. From the Frank Hartley Collection. The cold weather brings thoughts of winter fun. This young skater has found a way to skate with less work – Let the wind do all the work!


Ice Kite Skaters use a large triangular kite to propel themselves across frozen surfaces. The combination of the kite along with the slick surface enables users to go much faster than the speed of the wind. Ice kite skaters can speed up or slow down by angling the kite into or away from the wind, similar to sailing a boat.

Collections Corner


Come Explore Local History Books

and More at the Museum Gift Shop


Interested in learning more about our local history? Visit the Museum Gift Shop where you’ll find intriguing locally-written books, recipe books, and books that cover the works of local artists.


Local maps, wine-related goods, thoughtful giftware, children’s gifts, and historic postcards available too. Come see for yourself! All sales benefit the Museum. Open 10am – 2pm, Monday – Friday.

Museum Shop


Website Highlights

Horton Point Lighthouse History



Feb. 15

Lecture: “The Emergence of a True North Fork Cuisine”

Feb. 17

Southold Winterfest

Mar. 9

Lecture: “An Historic Timeline of Food”


Your gracious support allows Southold Historical Museum to offer

many free events throughout the year. Thank you.





Southold Historical Museum programs are made possible by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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