54325 Main Road

PO Box 1

Southold, NY 11971








Prince Building:

54325 Main Rd., Southold NY 11971

Museum Complex:

55200 Main Rd., Southold NY 11971

Nautical Museum at Horton Point Lighthouse:
3575 Lighthouse Rd., Southold NY 11971

Prince Building Hours:

Society Office: Monday—Friday 10am-2pm
Gift Shop: Monday—Friday 10am-2pm

Archives: By Appointment


Treasure Exchange: 

April 1st through Mid-December    

Tues., Thurs., Fri., Sat., 10am–4pm

Wednesday 1-4pm


January through March             

Saturdays only, 11 am–3 pm

©2019 Southold Historical Society

Founding Families Weekend

Friday, June 2 at 4PM - Sunday, June 4 at 4PM


Southold Historical Society Museum Complex
55200 Main Road, Southold


  • Horton Point Lighthouse

  • Southold Hamlet

  • Southold Library

Hours & Locations
Family Tent

A Tent for All Families Who Call Southold “Home”


During Founding Families Weekend, a tent will be set up with long tables and chairs.  On each table there will be a small bulletin board where family members can leave messages for other family members.  Also, these tables will provide an initial meeting place.

Around the perimeter of the tent, there will be long horizontal display boards with a timeline starting in 1640 and ending in 2017.  On this timeline, we will be displaying information and pictures from all families that call Southold “home”.

Please download and print the questionnaire about our timeline.  If you are descended from more than one Founding Family, please feel free to print additional sheets

The Southold Historical Society and the Planning Committee of the Founding Families Weekend are proud to present to the community and SHS members an exciting weekend filled with activities that will bring us all back to the very early days of Southold. 


Activities include special tours of the museum complex and Horton Point Lighthouse, lectures, children’s activities, demonstrations of craft skills.

Event Schedule

Pre-registration has closed. 
Admission onsite on the event weekend will be $30 per person, children under 10 are free.)


When you first visit the complex on the weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), check in at the registration desk and receive a bracelet that will give you admission to all events on Saturday and Sunday. There is no charge for Friday’s activities.

Juried Art Show & Sale

June 2 – 4, 2017
Pettit Center on the Museum Complex, 55200 Main Road, Southold, NY


Southold Historical Society is hosting a juried exhibition of works by artists who are residents of or have worked on the North Fork of Long Island.  From the submissions received, the jurors will select prizewinners in fine art, mixed media, photography, and sculpture.

Wanted:  Poster Pictures of Southold Families

Pictures to become a part of the Timeline at the Founding Families Weekend


Please write on the back of the picture:

Names of the Family and people in the picture, where the picture was taken, when it was taken


Deadline for submission of pictures is May 13.


Send pictures to SHS, PO Box 1, Southold, New York 11971.


Pictures will not be returned but will be filed at the Southold Historical Society.

Ann Currie Bell's Family, Southold, New York, 1929