Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

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

Come to the Port Washington Public Library for a unique presentation of historic photographs of Port Washington narrated by Christopher Bain, President of the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society. The virtual tour includes 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 clearer context than ever before using rarely-seen aerial photos. 

Seating is limited, so if you love old Port Washington, come 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.


Historic Walking Tours of Manhasset Bay
First Saturday and Sunday of every month!
May through OctobeR
11am sharp at the Town Dock’s red tugboat
May 5 & 6
June 2 & 3 
July 7 & 8
August 4 & 5
September 1 & 2
October 6 & 7

Current Members: 1 free entry per membership!

Tours of Sands-Willets House
First and third Sunday of most months, May - October 1st only
See you in 2018!

Tours of the Dodge Homestead
Fourth Sunday of every month, 2pm sharp!!!
See you in 2018!

Recent Events

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 

Butch the Dog2

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

Recent Events...

DAR Book Cover

Book talk & author signing

Saturday, October 15, 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.


Saturday, October 15
2:00-5:00 pm

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.  


Sunday, October 16, 2:00 pm sharp
Sands-Willets House Tour

This grand homestead is named for two distinguished Long Island families. First were the Sands family, merchants and farmers, who built and lived in the original west wing of the house from c.1735 to 1845. In the late 1600s, the Sands were among the first English families to settle on Cow Neck. Learn all about the families who lived here and their lifestyles during our hour long docent-led tour. 

Suggested donation: $8 pp at the door


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!

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