THE MUSEUM COMPLEX

The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society has, it believes, one of the largest groupings of important historic buildings of any historical society in New York State and perhaps beyond. The Historical Society’s Museum Complex is open much of the year; the Society works with the Town of Brookhaven Bureau of Tourism and several area tour companies in its effort to introduce more citizens to local Long Island history and to the irreplaceable value of Long Island’s historic sites and artifacts. The Museum Complex consists of several structures, staffed by volunteers, on over two acres in the heart of Bellport Village, specifically:

The centerpiece of the complex, this Federal-style house was built in 1833 by Hiram Post…


Ralph Brown deeded this former hardware store to the Society in 1980. it was built…


The Blacksmith Shop, with its working forge, contains tools from Joseph Shaw and his son…


The exhibits in the Barn Museum give an intimate glimpse of four centuries of life…


The boathouse showcases the fully restored Gil Smith catboat, “Jealousy” and the fully rigged scooter,…


This former stable houses the Museum Exchange Shop where items can be donated to the…


This elegant, turban-crowned 1850 gazebo was moved from Bellport Lane to the museum grounds. It…


The milk house, called ‘springhouse” in earlier times, was an important part of American life….


The land on which Bellport Village and Brookhaven Hamlet are situated was purchased from the Unkechogue Indians on June 10, 1664. Brookhaven Hamlet was first settled in 1681 and Bellport Village was established in the early 1800’s. Part of Brookhaven Hamlet is a designated “historic district” within the Town of Brookhaven. On July 4, 1980, the National Register of Historic Places added to the Register over 80 houses in Bellport Village. In 2001 Bellport Village established a Historic Preservation Commission, which has since designated four historic districts in the village. The Historical Society’s Museum Complex is situated in the center of these districts.