A bustling industrial community in the 19th century, Cold Spring Harbor briefly served as a whaling port and was a center for shipbuilding, milling, and farming. Historian Robert Hughes traces the development of the area from its days as a bustling whaling port to a 20th-century suburbanized community.
Described in the nineteenth century as "A Sweet Bay of Beauty," Cold Spring Harbor is on the north shore of Long Island, just 32 miles from mid-town Manhattan. Today the quiet, residential community of Cold Spring Harbor is a far cry from the industrial bustle of the nineteenth century. While the community's brief period as a whaling port is well known, its shipbuilding, milling, and farming days are hidden from the modern eye. So too is the area's fame as a summer resort, attracting a world famous artist, wealthy New Yorkers and others to enjoy cool breezes on the shores of the harbor. The ghosts of these early days are preserved in photographs and the stories they inspire.
Robert C. Hughes, the Huntington Town Historian, grew up in Cold Spring Harbor. His quest to discover the history of his backyard led him to the Huntington Historical Society, the source of many of the photographs in this book.
General admission $10, members $5. 7:00pm. North Shore Historical Museum, 140 Glen Street. 516-801-1191. www.northshorehistoricalmuseum.