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© 2019 COW NECK PENINSULA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

336 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington, New York 11050
www.cowneck.org         516.365.9074          info@cowneck.org

Our Collection

Our collection is wide and varied.  In the coming months we'll break this section out into individual areas with much more text, details, and photographs.  For the moment, the brevity found here will have to do!

  • Costumes

    • Womens

    • Mens

    • Children

    • Uniforms

  • Kaleidoscopes

  • Hour Glasses

  • John Philip Sousa (personal items)

  • Kitchen items and Housewares

  • Port Washington postcards

  • Tools and Farming Implements

  • Books

    • Directories

    • Newspapers

    • Periodicals

    • Pamphlets

    • Yearbooks

    • Children's books

  • Rare documents​​

  • Textiles: lace, quilts and coverlets

  • Atlases

 

 

Our Colonial Dutch Barn, with its upcoming new roof, will house our sizable and varied collection of vintage tools and farming implements and our outdoor artifacts, from our horse-drawn sleighs to our 22’ long sled. Our board and batten shed is our new General Store-Museum and will display nostalgic period items residents would have purchased in the day.

 

Our housewares collection include items that span the years. Our out kitchen and hearth kitchen, housing our beehive oven, iron cauldron, and massive hearth, display all types of kitchen implements from massive grinders and cherry pitters to household items, such as our kerosene and coal-powered clothes irons.

 

Our costume collection attracted tremendous attention with its dresses from the late 18th century through the roaring twenties. One room featured a century of wedding dresses, many local to our peninsula. The dresses were joined by our men’s attire, including John Philip Sousa’s parade coat and accessories, children’s clothing, and all the unique accoutrements: bustles, corsets, hoops, shawls, purses, and more!

Selections from our extensive collections are available for viewing at different times. Items on display may include our miniature oil lamps, hourglasses, local school paraphernalia, and samplings from our special glass slide and postcard collections containing hundreds of local images. You may see our vintage toys with old time games and toys and dolls. You may also see samplings from our textiles collections with its lace and coverlets and quilts of all types: patchwork, Trapunto, crazy quilts, and many more.