Recent Events


Wheels Through Time!

June 24th, 2018! We hope you didn’t miss it!
A Classic Roadster Hill Climb
and Car Show!

Two events on the same day!


The Antique Roadster Hill Climb: A popular event during the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s coming to Port Washington this June! Classic roadsters, pre 1940, assemble at Hempstead Harbor Beach Park.  One at a time the cars race up the hill and get timed. The public watches and cheers from alongside the street. The cars return to the Park for another climb.  Each car gets 3 runs up the hill. Unique Trophies and prizes will be awarded to the winners in multiple categories. 

The Classic Car Show: At noon, many of the cars parade over Beacon Hill Road, up Port Washington Blvd.,  joining classic cars up through the 1970’s for an classic car show on the grounds of the Sands-Willets House.



We hope you made it to
A Virtual Tour of Historic Port Washington: 1880-1965

Photographs in a Way You've Never Seen Them

Presentation by Chris Bain
President, Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society


  Wed, Jan 31 at 7 pm ✦ Port Washington Public Library

At the Port Washington Public Library, 175 people enjoyed a unique presentation of historic photographs of Port Washington narrated by Christopher Bain, President of the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society. The virtual tour included more than a hundred rare photographs of Port Washington, ranging from the 1880's - when there were only a few hundred people living in town, and continuing through the 1960's - which many of us remember. These images will be placed in clear & unique context, using rarely-seen aerial photos. 


Seating was limited, so we hope you were able to view some of the most amazing images that you've never seen before and learn how they helped to make our town what it is today. Free Admission.


Photos courtesy Cow Neck 
Peninsula Historical Society.




Saturday, December 2, 2017

 The Eyes of War
A United States Army Photo Unit in Vietnam

Have you ever wondered how US Army combat photographers operated in Vietnam? Fred Blumlein, trustee of the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society and a former US Army officer who led a photo unit in Vietnam, will tell us about the complexity of taking and processing photographs under the extreme conditions of war.



Saturday, October 21, 2017
"Fashion and Station in Colonial America"

A presentation by Michael Goudket, returning by popular demand:

Learn how what a person is wearing revealed their place in society in the 18th Century
from Raynham Hall Museum educator Michael Goudket.
When looking at paintings and drawings of the time,
you will be able to tell much more about the people who appear in them.
People who have colonial clothing are encouraged to wear it to this event.

Free Admission, courtesy of the North Riding Chapter NSDAR




Book talk & author signing

Saturday, October 15, 2017 at 11:00 am

"The American Revolution on Long Island"

Meet author Dr. Joanne S. Grasso as she explores the story of an island at war.

The American Revolution sharply divided families and towns on Long Island. Washington's defeat at the Battle of Long Island in August 1776 started seven years of British occupation. Learn all about the events that help shape our history.



Dr. Grasso is an adjunct assistant professor of history and political science, specializing as an Americanist in the American Revolution, among other areas. She teaches at area Long Island colleges and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic and the American Revolution Round Table in New York City. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author.



Basement Treasures Sale 
in our Barn Country Store

Have fun browsing and shopping one-of-a-kind treasures in the Sands Dutch Barn, built in the late 1600s. Purchases cash only.  







Pie Without Fear!

Learn how to assemble and bake the most delicious apple pie you've ever tasted. Classes are limited in size and take place in the 18th century kitchen of the Sands-Willets House. Register Early! Space is very limited.  Offering Two Classes:

Saturday, 10/22 and Sunday, 10/23

Click here for more information!



A Visit from Robert Townsend, Spy
Saturday, April 22, at 11 a.m.

The North Riding Chapter of the DAR presented educator and guide, Michael Goudket, 
from Raynham Hall Museum in Oyster Bay, who presented: A Visit from Robert Townsend, Spy (in costume!). Mr. Goudket also appears in historical roles and performs period music at other local historical sites, including Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, Old Bethpage Village Restoration, and Hamilton Grange National Historic Site, to mention just a few. 

Light refreshments served. Admission is free



Memories of a NorthShore Kid 

A presentation by Fred Blumlein, who grew up in an area called Bull’s Head, just a few miles from Port Washington.  Accompanied by fascinating photos, maps and physical objects all related to his growing up several decades ago on the north shore of Long Island, don’t miss Blumlein’s presentation, given in conjunction with a tea sponsored by the Daughters ofthe American Revolution.

Saturday, December 3rd, 11:00 am
Sands-Willets House
336 Port Washington Blvd.
Port Washington, NY 11050










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The Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society
336 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington, NY 11050-4530
(516) 365-9074  .  www.cowneck.org

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