Research Resources

Learning More About Orient and East Marion History


Interested in the history of Orient and East Marion? Want to learn more about the history of your family or property? You have come to the right place! The Oysterponds Historical Society has a variety of research resources, including publications, videos, historic films, and large collections of archival documents, photographs, recordings, books, and historic objects.

For information on setting up an appointment to visit the collections for research purposes, please contact the Collections Manager at or at 631-323-3538.




Print Publications

The Oysterponds Historical Society has a large and very rich collection of archives, photographs, and objects documenting the history of Orient and East Marion. Researchers have drawn on these resources to produce a marvelous set of publications. These books illustrate not only local history and culture but also broader themes that run throughout American history, including women’s lives in the nineteenth century. The publications contain compelling material on our nation’s conflicts, decorative arts, and fine arts, especially photography.

Books can be purchased from the Beach Plum Shop online or on-site in Village House at the Oysterponds Historical Society.


Digital Publications

Historic Orient Village is a pictorial guide to the old buildings in the Orient Historic District with historical and architectural notes on over 100 such structures. 1995. 20th anniversary reissue commemorating the designation of the Orient Historic District. Oysterponds Historical Society, Orient, New York. Digital reprint.

The publication, in 1976, of Historic Orient Village was a testament to community awareness of the value of historic preservation and documentation, and to the dedication of a great many members of the community to the efforts necessary to achieve national designation. A little more than thirty years earlier, in 1944, over 400 members of the community had become charter members and subscribers of the Oysterponds Historical Society, and had contributed to the purchase of Village House, its first museum building. The reader should be assured that the spirit of preservation, continuity, and respect for the history of the community is alive and vigorous.

Historical Review, is a collection of essays written by founding members of OHS from 1959. This booklet includes the story of the founding of OHS, a history of Orient, a tour of Village House, poems, and other entries. Oysterponds Historical Society, Orient, NY. Digital reprint.


Historic Films and Recorded Lectures and Remarks


Webb House Move 1955

In 1955, Webb House was moved by boat to Orient from its location in Greenport and placed with the front facing Poquatuck Park. It is now an integral part of the Oysterponds Historical Society campus.


History & Houses: the Foundation of a New Society, Winter Lecture Series 2016, by John Holzapfel

John Holzapfel, former President of the Oysterponds Historical Society, gives a presentation on the history of the Society’s seven buildings and how they served as the foundation for the Society’s formation.


Highlights of the Collection, Winter Lecture Series 2016, by Curator William McNaught

Curator Bill McNaught gives a presentation on some of the Oysterponds Historical Society’s most fascinating objects, dating from the seventeenth century to the twentieth century.


Remarks by the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor and her reading of the Preamble of the Constitution, Heritage Day Celebration, July 3, 2016.

The Oysterponds Historical Society was honored to welcome the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, in 2016 for our annual Heritage Day Celebration.


Other Sources


Southold Town History

Town of Southold’s History Department.

Preservation Long Island

A non-profit dedicated to working with Long Islanders to protect, preserve and celebrate our cultural heritage through advocacy, education, and the stewardship of historic sites and collections.

Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute

A national center for specialized technical collection research and conservation for all Smithsonian museums and collections. SMCI also provides brochures, videos, and other publications that provide information on how to take care of family heirlooms and privately held art objects.

National Park Service National Register of Historic Places

Official list of the United States’ historic places worthy of preservation.

National Park Service Technical Preservation Services

Historic preservation standards and guidance on preserving and rehabilitating historic buildings.

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