Southold Historical Society is pleased to offer a virtual presentation about “George Washington’s Long Island Spy Ring” by Bill Bleyer.
Want to learn more about the Revolutionary War spy ring that contributed to the success of George Washington’s Continental Army? People like Robert Townsend and Abraham Woodhull played an important role in the Long Island based Culper Spy Ring. Bill Bleyer’s PowerPoint lecture “The True Story of the Culper Spy Ring” separates facts from fiction and details the ingenious operation of the intelligence network that helped the Patriots win the war.
The free virtual lecture, hosted by Southold Historical Society, is May 22 at 10am and will be held via Zoom.
Registrants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.



The group of men in this image are all working together to work a pumper at the Poggatticut Hotel fire on Shelter Island. The hotel which overlooked the North Ferry, had several names over the years, Manhansett House being the most popular of its names. In 1922, the upper reaches of the building caught fire. The fire was so large, that the Greenport Fire Department brought over three pumpers and men to help fight the flames. Many of the guest rooms were ruined either by the fire or by the water pumped to stop the conflagration.
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What’s Old is New Again!

The first few days of July are going to be exciting at Southold Historical Society. After the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in shuttered museum locations in 2020, the 2021 season promises to be extra special.
Southold Historical Society has announced that beginning on July 1, their museum locations will be reopening. Events are planned to celebrate this occasion.
On July 1 at 4pm, the museum will be revealing a new look – both a new logo and an updated name. After a brief ceremony, visitors are invited to explore the buildings which have been reinvigorated. Refreshments will be served.
Ann Currie-Bell House
In the Ann Currie-Bell house, the seasonal exhibit, “The Roaring Twenties,” curated by volunteer Lee Cleary, will be on view. This exhibit offers a glimpse into this exciting decade including three overall themes: prohibition, rum-running, speakeasies; lifestyle and fashion; and women’s suffrage. At the Thomas Moore/Samuel Landon house, the “Enslavement in Southold” exhibit has been reinterpreted to include the narrative of the enslaved people within the story of the house. Initially, the exhibit was contained to one room, but with the reinterpretation, the historic house now incorporates the enslaved people throughout – as would have been the case in the 1750s. Attendees at the July 1 kick-off celebration will get to be the first to preview these exhibits and more. The Reichert Family Barn has also been updated and includes new interpretive labels to help visitors guide themselves through.
Additionally, the shops at the Prince Building will be open on July 1. Volunteers at the popular Treasure Exchange Shop will welcome shoppers back to discover a unique find. All proceeds will benefit the museum.
On July 3 at 12:30pm, the museum is hosting a Brick Dedication at the Boxwood Garden on the Maple Lane Complex. After having to postpone last spring, all are invited to come celebrate the newest installation of commemorative bricks and share some of the sentiments behind them. Light refreshments will be served. Attendees are welcomed to tour the Maple Lane Complex following the ceremony. Regular hours at the Maple Lane Complex will be Saturday and Sundays from 1-4pm from July 3 to September 12.
The season would not be complete if it didn’t also include the reopening of the Nautical Museum at Horton Point Lighthouse. Beginning on July 3, volunteers will greet visitors and guide them through the museum. The lighthouse tower is temporarily closed. Regular hours at the Nautical Museum at Horton Point Lighthouse will be Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4pm from July 3 to September 12.
Suggested admission, which includes access to both locations is $5/adult and $10/family. At the July 1, “What’s Old Is New Again!” event at the Maple Lane Complex, all visitors are complimentary guests of Southold Historical Society.
For more information, please email or call 631.765.5500.
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May 22 10am
Virtual Lecture on Culper Spy Ring by Bill Bleyer
June 10 from 3-5pm
Wine by the Vines @ Pellegrini Vineyards
June 19 at 8:30am
Annual Yard Sale on the Prince Building Porch
June 20 – July 31
Online Art Sale and Exhibition
July 1 at 4pm “
What’s Old is New!” Reopening Celebration
July 3 at 12:30pm
Brick Dedication
July 24 – 25 9am-4pm
Antiques, Arts & Crafts Fair at Maple Lane Complex
July 3 – September 12 11am-4pm
Nautical Museum at Horton Point Lighthouse
open Saturdays and Sundays
July 3 – September 12 1-4pm
Maple Lane Complex open Saturdays and Sundays

Thomas Moore House, 1658-1750 | Maple Lane Museum Complex, Southold


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54325 Main Road, PO Box 1, Southold, NY 11971



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