Long Island's Path Through History

Come discover a rich Long Island history filled with fascinating tales of Early Settlers, Revolutionary War Spies, Maritime Adventures, and great advances in Science, Aviation and Transportation.

Explore famous Long Island historic sites including the homes of past presidents, poets and artists, including President Theodore Roosevelt, poet Walt Whitman and Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock, who lived on Long Island and were inspired to create some of their most memorable contributions to society here.

Visit popular Long Island historic sites related to Charles Lindbergh’s famous trans-Atlantic flight from Roosevelt Field, and see the model Lunar Module that engineers from Long Island’s Grumman Corp. worked to develop.

Explore the Gold Coast region, where the sheer brilliance of the mansions, castles and gardens (many now open to the public for tours) inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald to write The Great Gatsby.

There’s so much incredible Long Island history to be seen. From the first lighthouse built in NYS to historic wooden windmills, famous film sites, African American history, Native American sites, art museums and roadside attractions.

Create your own fascinating Path Through History with our Interactive map of Long Island historic sites.

Path Through History is a project of New York State and ILOVENY. Path Through History includes over 500 destinations across New York State. Visit

Presidential History

Come to Long Island where you’ll discover the stories of two of America’s best-known presidents and how their actions helped to shape the history of the country. Long Island and its ‘Culper Spy Ring’ were well-known by then General George...


Early Settlements

Explore a landscape filled with history dating back to the original Native American tribes that lived here when Long Island was known as ‘Paumanok.’ Find Native American museums and interpretive centers, and rich archeological exhibits that tell the story of...


Science Aviation & Transportation

Visit Long Island where you’ll find museums and learning centers dedicated to the Island’s rich science, aviation and transportation history. Find museums filled with stories of aviation advances, from Charles Lindbergh’s first trans-Atlantic flight, to the building of World War...


Maritime & Lighthouses

Long Island holds a long and colorful history tied to the sea. Explore whaling and maritime museums; discover a rich heritage of nautical adventure; and climb to the top of a lighthouse where the view will take your breath away....


History & Heritage

Visit Long Island and set off on a journey of discovery where you’ll find a region with roots dating back to Native American history, the Revolutionary War, Civil Rights, the Underground Railroad and more. Find historic homes filled with intriguing...


Revolutionary War Era

Washington Spy Trail. Come discover a fascinating history filled with spies and intrigue during the Long Island Revolutionary War Era. Although it was largely occupied by the British during the Revolutionary War there were many brave Patriots who risked their...


Mansions & Arboretums

Visit the famous Gold Coast region where New York’s elite built theirLong Island mansions, castles and gardens perched high upon the bluffs during the 1920s “Gold Coast” era, immortalized in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” Many Long Island mansions,...


Famous Long Island

Widely known for the rich and famous who regularly visit the quaint villages and sparkling beaches of its Hamptons region, Long Island has always drawn famous characters to its shores. Teddy Roosevelt, Charles Lindbergh, Walt Whitman, just to name a...


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