Long Island’s Early Settlements

Long Island has a deep-rooted history dating back to the original Native American tribes that lived on the island back when it was known as ‘Paumanok.’ The region is full of museums and interpretive centers that celebrate Native American heritage and history. Explore a rich archaeological site that helps uncover the history of the early settlers or experience a Native American Powwow. Long Island’s Native American legacy is seen today in the name of local towns such as Massapequa, Ronkonkoma and Cutchogue.

Travel back to colonial times when European explorers first settled on Long Island. Tour some of the oldest homes in New York for a glimpse into life during the 1600s. Take a peek inside historic structures that helped General George Washington win the Revolutionary War.