A Famous Family Visits…

Sometimes people contact the Historical Society to let us know they have something related to our history but are not yet ready to donate. Last year, we were contacted by a former camper at Pinecrest Dunes. He sent the picture that you see above… It took a couple of months, but happily he decided to send us the notecard the image was on! For those too young to recognize the family, the Munsters were a popular TV sitcom about a wholesome family of “monsters” that while unusual in appearance, were in behavior the typical American family. The show ran from 1964-1966. The show starred Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, Al Lewis, Butch Patrick, and Pat Priest.
Apparently, Pinecrest Dunes in the 1960s had a “visit” from the famous family. The camp vehicle was pressed into service. Camp counselors and Dave Struber, our donor, who was selected to be Eddie Munster, were put into costume and then the “family” hopped into the car and not only visited the camp but also toured Southold!
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*****Participants are welcomed to pick their jack-o-lanterns up at any time thereafter, or the Society will make arrangements for removal.*****


About the Book

From the earliest days of settlement on eastern Long Island, menhaden, known locally as “bunker,” has played an important part in the lives of its residents. Whether cooked and eaten or spread over and plowed into fields as fertilizer, the fish has been ever present in the daily lives of residents – until recently. The menhaden industry once had factories that lined the shores of the North Fork, but none remain today. From the early 19th century and until the tail end of the 1960s, the fish were hunted, caught, and processed for their valuable oil. Many local residents made all or part of their living from the processing of menhaden. Munnawhatteaug: The Last Days of the Menhaden Industry on Eastern Long Island offers an important historical overview of the industry and its local impact, and reveals its inner workings. It features nearly two hundred images taken in 1963 by local photographer Peter Stevens that document nearly every aspect of a typical menhaden fishing expedition of the period. The images provide a permanent record of a now vanished way of life in a way that plain text cannot. Munnawhatteaug: The Last Days of the Menhaden Industry on Eastern Long Island is a must for those interested in learning more about this important aspect of local and regional history.


For the safety of our staff, volunteers and the community during the COVID-19 crisis, Southold Historical Society locations including the Nautical Museum at Horton Point Lighthouse and the Museum Complex remain CLOSED to visitors at this time. Should you need to visit the Society office, please call ahead to schedule an appointment. 631-765-5500.
From all of us at Southold Historical Society, thank you for your continued support.
For any questions, please email info@southoldhistorical.org.


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Pumpkin Patch: October 29-31, 2020 @ the Museum Complex
Harvest Dinner @ O’Mally’s Restaurant: November 12, 2020
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10 Squared Online Art Sale and Exhibit Entitled: North Fork in Winter on sale November 15 – December 15, 2020




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