Oyster Bay Historical Society
P O Box 297
20 Summit Street
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
(516) 922-5032 • fax 922-6892

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The Earle-Wightman House had its beginnings on Oyster Bay's South Street around 1720. Over the next 150 years the small, single-room dwelling expanded to its current size, and in 1966 was moved to its present location on Summit Street.

Named after two successive 19th century owners, Reverend Marmaduke Earle and Reverend Charles S. Wightman, the house today serves as the headquarters of the Oyster Bay Historical Society. Here a Museum and Research Library are the hub of a variety of activities and exhibitions throughout the year. Lectures, tours of historic sites, crafts workshops, and educational programs can be enjoyed here by families and groups alike.

Newly renovated exhibition rooms illustrate the life of an 18th century tradesman and his family in their one-room house. And visitors can explore the social life of Reverend Earle, as they see how he entertained guests in his 19th century parlor. A wonderful hands-on aspect of a tour enhances the experience for both children and adults.

The Research Library is home to a large collection of volumes, manuscripts, photographs, maps, and other documents that reveal the military, maritime, and religious history of Oyster Bay. Researchers will find a fine genealogy collection here as well.

An 18th century garden of ornamental plantings and herbs completes the visitor's journey back into old Oyster Bay.

The Oyster Bay Historical Society welcomes School Groups with a hands-on tour specially designed for them. Students visit the Discovery Center and explore the Revolutionary War era as they dress up in a soldier's uniform, play period games, and handle reproduction articles.

Hours: Open Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 2pm. Saturdays 11am - 3pm, Sundays 1 - 4. Closed Mondays, open other times by appointment. Call to confirm before visiting.
Admission is by contribution. Call to confirm before visiting.
Group Reservations: At least 2 weeks in advance.
School Groups: $4.00 per person.
Lunch: Outdoor lunches may be eaten near the Garden. Indoor lunches can be arranged.
Handicapped Access: Accessible.
Directions: I-495 (LIE) East to exit 41N (Rt. 106/107). Take the right fork, Rt. 106, north toward Oyster Bay. Go about 6 miles and, in town, turn right at Summit St. Go to number 20 (next to Fleet Bank) Free parking available. 1 hour, 15 minutes east of the George Washington Bridge.

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