300 West Main StreetRiverhead, New York 11901-2894(631)727-2881
Founded in 1886 to collect, preserve and interpret the ongoing history of Suffolk County, the Suffolk County Historical Society houses a unique collection of artifacts reflecting more than three centuries of change. Step back in time and sail with sea captains to distant shores. Explore the culture of Algonquin people and their relationship with the European settlers. See the furniture, tools and personal belongings that were part of the everyday lives of Suffolk's pioneers. Research your family, church, village or town in the library and archival collections with the help of the library staff. A few hours here will lead you through Suffolk County's rich and colorful past.
The library and archives contain an extensive collection of historical and genealogical holdings about Suffolk county's history and its people. The diverse collections include books, periodicals, newspapers, photographs, and family papers of many different types.
Public programs for organized groups, adults and children focus on themes that reflect Suffolk's rich cultural heritage. School programs cover a broad range of topics designed to supplement the classroom study of local history. Advanced registration is required for these programs.
In the Weathervane Gift Shop, visitors will find a large selection of historical books, maps, reproductions, antiques, craft items and cards. A variety of genealogical supplies is also available.
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. admission is free, however donations are welcome. The library is open Wednesday,Thursday & Saturday 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.. A $2.00 donation is required from non-members for library use. The Suffolk County Historical Society is easily reached via Nugent Drive from the L.I.E. or via Moriches- Riverhead Road from Sunrise Highway.