Newsletter 9: January 30, 2024

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Executive Director's Note

The new year is upon us and we are getting ready for the year ahead!  

The Dine and Discover Stephanie Gress: Eagle's Neck is sold out! We are announcing our 3rd speaker in the Dine and Discover series, Lawrence Samuel. He wrote a book: Making Long Island: A History of Growth and the American Dream. Get your tickets now before it is sold out!

We are forming an Exhibit Committee. If you are a member, and you would like to volunteers, come down on Friday, February 16 at 10:30am and be a part of the newly re-establishment Exhibit Committee. This year, we will work on our exhibit, partners with the library, 100 Years Old: From School to Library.

If you are a members and are interested in volunteering for the Pickle Festival, email me back or call me. 

It’s going to be a great new years ahead, and if you are newly retired or have some free time, please consider joining us and volunteering!

Exhibit Committee


We are forming an exhibit committee. This year we are working on an exhibit at the library. Are you retired or have some free time and looking for something to do? The exhibit committee might be your thing! If you are interested, come to the office (at the library) on

Friday, February 16, 2024 at 10:30amMembers only!

Thank you!

Pickle Festival Volunteers

We are forming a Pickle Festival Committee. If you would like to be part of the committee, please email Claudia or call. 

Members or Sponsors only! Thank you.

Dine and Discover: "Making Long Island"

Registration required.


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Historical Article: Greenlawn as a Tobaggan

"The Greenlawn 1915" was built and designed by the local talent of the Greenlawn Fire Department Mark Wightman, was the pilot and crew trainer and Adam Schaller was foreman.

Huntington's 1st Winter Carnival and Bobsled race was held Feb 27, 1907. The day included bed-sled races, horse drawn sleigh races at breakneck speed, and a weight guessing contest of a large hog. The race course started at the Cold Spring Hill and ran down Main Street beyond New York Avenue. The date for the event was determined by the occurrence of a major snowstorm. Low temperatures were also crucial for icing down the track the night before and keeping it in good condition.

In the following years the event grew in popularity with teams from neighboring towns participating as well as Centerport and Greenlawn. Thousands of spectators came to watch. Twenty foot tobaggans like "The Greenlawn" loaded with a team of people would fly about a mile a minute ending often near the trolley tacks (New York Avenue). One year an entry reached as as the Old First Church.

The Greenlawn Team (starting from left to right)

  1. Clarence Shotwell
  2. Mark Wightman
  3. Alex Pope
  4. Alvin Green
  5. Dave Kennedy
  6. Bob Anderson
  7. ?
  8. Oscar Johnson
  9. ?
  10. ?
  11. Ralph Jenkins
  12. Roy Gates
  13. Elliot Smith
  14. Harry Gildersleeve
  15. Sam Green
  16. ?
  17. Hendrickson Boy
  18. Bill Jenkins
  19. William Kissam
  20. Arvey Johnson
  21. Frank Regan

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Gift Giving Ideas


Greenlawn Centerport Historical Association Mug


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Discover the Deco estates, summer camp spots, and stunning landscapes that Long Island's North Shore coastal community of Centerport has to offer.

Once known as Little Cow Harbor, the coastal community of Centerport on Long Island's north shore is rich in natural resources, including a beautiful harbor with several freshwater streams surrounded by wooded hills. Centerport was originally the site of several important mills, but in the late 19th century, it became a summer retreat for both the rich and the not so rich. Youth camps, most notably the Franciscan Brothers' Camp Alvernia; guesthouses; and resorts as well as popular restaurants dotted the shoreline. In the early 20th century, large estates were established by the Vanderbilt, Van Iderstine, Burling, Morse, DeBrabant, Whitney, and Corbin families on the Little Neck peninsula. As the 20th century progressed, modest and generously sized houses replaced the small farms and many of the large estates. The unspoiled natural beauty and rich history has for centuries drawn residents whose love of Centerport continue to make our village a great place to live.


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Greenlawn: A Long Island Hamlet


From the archives of the Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association comes this striking visual history of the north shore Long Island hamlet of Greenlawn.

Originally known as Oldfields, the area was settled in the early 1800s by farmers. The extension of the Long Island Railroad through the farmlands in 1867-1868 provided the impetus for the development of a profitable pickle and cabbage industry, the growth of the community, and the arrival of vacationers, many of whom soon became year-round residents. Greenlawn includes stories of the Halloween eve conflagration, the Adirondack-style vacation retreat, the opera house, the farmhouse murders, the vaudevillians, and the Pickle King, among others. Today, houses cover the old farmlands; yet Greenlawnwith -one main street of small shops, a railroad crossing that halts traffic throughout the day, and many historical buildings-still retains its small-town charm.



Weber's Centerport


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