Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Suydam Homestead Centerport, L.I., N.Y.

Today was a day for volunteering at the Suydam Homestead in Centerport, Long Island.This historic property is managed and maintained by the Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association. Click on the highlighted letters for more info about GCHA.This home dates from c.1750 and was occupied by members of the Suydam family from the late 18th century until 1957.In 1989 the Association purchased the house, and has restored it to its late 18th century appearance.The keeping room has the original deep fireplace, crane, and
beehive oven.
There is a display of local crocks, and a very interesting postcard display showing the many resorts and places of summer fun located in Centerport.Enlargements of vintage postcards are cleverly exhibited on a series of paneled doors.The display is rather like a maze, as one follows the postcards around the space inside the Suydam Homestead.Interesting small artifacts, local maps, ephemera,ironware, pottery, and a tombstone, can be discovered at this interesting small house museum.Find this very sweet hand drawn and colored world map by Gertrude, a Suydam family member. She reversed the names of the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans.This is a wonderful place to spend an hour or two on a Sunday. If the sign says "Open" better stop by and visit.
The annual Pickle Festival will be held at the other property managed by the Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association, the John Gardiner Farm, on Saturday September 26th, 2009.


Willow said...

What a lovely little museum. It looks like there is so much to see that I would need TWO visits to get through even the first set of postcards and the keeping room.

willow said...

I love restoration and preservation. What a wonderful place to volunteer, Lori!

RiverDaughter said...

I am a descendant of the Suydams. It is so wonderful to know the Homestead exists and is florishing. My part of the family moved out west and eventually ended up in Long Beach, California. There they started the west coast Branch of Suydam Breads.