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Immerse yourself in the history and stories of the North Fork at the Oysterponds Historical Society (OHS). Learn about the unique heritage of Orient and East Marion by visiting our annual summer exhibitions, which historical objects, art, and photography drawn from the OHS collection, widely considered the finest collection of local Long Island history. Visit Village House and Webb House, two historic buildings restored and furnished to illustrate life in the 18th and 19th centuries at a boarding house and tavern. Enjoy our campus and join us for community festivals and educational programs for all ages.

OHS is located in the heart of Orient, New York, on the eastern tip of Long Island’s North Fork. Agriculture and fishing are still important in this historic hamlet.  Residents and visitors alike revel in the natural beauty that surrounds them in this very special community. Join us for summer exhibitions and special events and community programs throughout the year!

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Village House

Imagine arriving at the Orient wharf by steamboat and strolling down the street in this fashionable summer resort. Built in 1798, Village House served as a summer boarding house for more than a century and today is open to the public decorated as it was when it welcomed visitors long ago. See the kitchen and parlor and go upstairs where the bedrooms have been converted into exhibition galleries. Learn more about the History of Village House and the six new Summer Exhibits housed there every summer! Village House also features our gift shop with books about local history and unique items created here on the North Fork.

Webb House

The Webb House is an elegant example of early American architecture. Built in the late eighteenth century in what is now Greenport, it is believed to have served as an inn. Webb House was moved in the first part of the nineteenth century from its original site to the King’s Highway (now Route 25) where it was used as a farmhouse. In 1955 it was moved again – this time by barge – to Orient and became part of the Oysterponds Historical Society in the 1980s.

Old Point Schoolhouse

Children living at Orient Point, the very tip of the North Fork, once attended this one-room schoolhouse. Today the Schoolhouse, which features a working bell, houses a new summer exhibit every year and children’s activities all summer long. Just after Thanksgiving, it is transformed into the magical Beach Plum Holiday Shop.

Hours

Our exhibits are currently closed for the season.
Exhibits are open to the public from Memorial Day weekend
through the last weekend in September.

Wednesday to Friday and Sunday 2pm-5pm
Saturday 11am-5pm
Admission FREE

Directions

Arriving by Car

From the West (Long Island): Take Route 48 or 25 to Greenport, then continue on Route 25 to Orient. Heading east, turn right at the monument onto Village Lane and continue to our campus on the left.

From the East (New England via Cross Sound Ferry): Heading west on the Main Road in Orient, turn left at the monument onto Village Lane and continue to our campus on the left.

Arrive by Bus

Take the Suffolk County Transit Bus S92 from Greenport, East Hampton, or the Orient Ferry to Orient Village. Walk down Village Lane and continue to our campus on the left.

Arrive by Hampton Jitney

Take the Hampton Jitney  North Fork Line to the Orient Village stop. Walk down Village Lane and continue to our campus on the left.

Arrive by Train

Take the Long Island Rail Road to Riverhead or Greenport. Then take the Suffolk County Transit Bus S92 to Orient Village. Walk down Village Lane and continue to our campus on the left.

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