Western Nassau Western Nassau: Atlantic Beach, Long Beach, Point Lookout, Freeport, Baldwin and Merrick This region was originally settled by Dutch merchant traders in the 1600s, looking to transport goods to Europe and to New Amsterdam, later renamed New York when the English conquered the area. They came to the south shore, working as traders, […]

Summer Bungalows Since the 1870s out of town residents have built summer homes along the south shore, in order to escape the oppressive heat and high population density of New York City. The most popular communities for summer homes were Freeport, Point Lookout, Long Beach, Babylon, Oak Beach, Fire Island, Bay Shore, Patchogue, Blue Point, […]

Bay Houses Bay houses stand on the fragile marshlands in the Town of Islip and the Town of Hempstead.  Built by fishermen and baymen, duck hunters and recreational boaters, they come in all shapes and forms, with as many variations as there are builders.  Most of the houses that stand today range in age from […]

Photo: Nancy Solomon, Director, Long Island Traditions

Long Island Business News profiles Long Island Traditions. Read the full article. Article courtesy of Long Island Business News

Newsday reviews the opening of the Freeport Waters exhibit. Read the full article. Article courtesy of Newsday

Maritime Programs One of our main goals as an organization is to help preserve the traditions of commercial and recreational fishermen. Since the 1700s Long Island’s history has centered on the bays, rivers, oceans and estuaries. Baymen have harvested clams, oysters, eels and killies for their living. They have built garveys and duck boats, bay […]

Honoring Traditions Mission: Long Island Traditions recognizes persons and organizations that are active in preserving their cultural traditions learned within their families and communities, and passing them down to the next generation and in educating the public. The Honoring Traditions program includes performances and slide shows that showcase their talents. The program takes place in different […]

Soundings feature story on Bay Houses Read the full article. Article courtesy of Soundings

  Renowned artist Daniel Pollera had been painting Bay Houses of the South Shore for many years. We were thrilled to be able to raffle off Dan Pollera’s work to support our mission in preserving the maritime traditions of Long Island. Sadly Dan passed away in March 2022. This year we have an extra special […]