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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 Native Americans on Long Island. While here, experience the thrill of a Powwow where native culture comes to life.

Then travel back to the earliest European settlements here and get a feel for what life was like in the 1600s for the first New York settlers. For a while the Island was split by the Dutch and the English settlers (Dutch in the west and English in the east). Find historic homes dating back to the 1600s built by early New York settlers in the original English settlement of Southampton. Or the oldest house on the North Fork in Cutchogue.

Long Island history brings you back to the earliest days of American life, from the original Native Americans on Long Island to the early New York settlers who arrived from Europe.

Colonial Times

Come to Long Island where you can visit some of the oldest houses in New York State. Dating back to the Colonial Era, these Long Island manors and historic homes offer visitors a glimpse into the life of the early New...

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Native American History

Long Island holds a rich Native American history still reflected in many of the names and places that dot the landscape here.  There are several places on Long Island where visitors can explore the history of Long Island Native Americans....

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