Welcome to the Oysterponds Historical Society!
Dear Friends of the OHS,
Thank you for all of your support this summer! YOU have been instrumental in keeping the OHS vibrant! Our annual Summer Benefit was particularly successful and we wish to give a big thanks everyone who made it possible, including the Board of Trustees, Benefit and Auction Committee, Benefactors and Sponsors, Donors, Artists, Volunteers, and Guests.
We also received generous support the night of the benefit towards much-needed upgrades to a building that has been a centerpiece of activities at the OHS this year: the Old Point Schoolhouse. From our Curiosities exhibition to OHS Kids to Heritage Day, the Schoolhouse has been central to our educational mission and we are excited to move forward with repairs. Over the past few years the OHS has been actively addressing the exteriors of our buildings that are such an important part of our collection. This project will ensure that the Old Point Schoolhouse will be protected for years to come.
We hope that you will come visit us this September while our exhibits in the Schoolhouse and Village House are still up. Our education committee, docents, and many other volunteers are working hard to make your experience here memorable. Be on the lookout for more fun activities coming up this fall!
Very best wishes,
Dr. Elsbeth Dowd, Executive Director, and John Holzapfel, President of the Board
Plan Your Visit
Summer exhibition hours
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 2-5pm
Free Admission and Fun Activities for Kids!
August 27 - Speaker Series: John Holzapfel
Our mission is to collect, preserve and interpret the history of the Orient and East Marion community and to celebrate its cultures and share its heritage through education, history and scholarship. With a campus containing two different 19th century schoolhouses, three former dwellings and a red barn plus 70,000 artifacts featuring four centuries of textiles, paintings, photographs, tools and domestic furnishings, OHS amply reflects more than two centuries of North Fork life and culture.
The Society provides a cultural record for the four communities making up Orient and East Marion. Over the years Oysterponds has accepted donations of buildings, furniture, historical documents, personal items, farm implements and more, which belonged to the early residents of Oysterponds. Uniquely themed exhibits are shown throughout the year. A research library is available for those researching the early history of Oysterponds.
The Museum’s artifacts reflect more than four centuries of North Fork life and culture and its buildings represent significant examples of local architecture. The diverse collection includes 18th, 19th, and 20th century furniture, notable maritime paintings, decorative arts, and local tools. The Museum’s substantial collection of historic documents and photographs is open to researchers by appointment.