Special Exhibits at Southold Historical Museum


Come explore the exhibits at Southold Historical Museum’s Maple Lane Complex and Nautical Museum at Horton Point Lighthouse.



The Roaring 20s: A Decade of Change
Roaring 20s Doll
Roaring 20s Flapper Dress
Roaring 20s Hats Exhibit

This exhibit explores local living 100 years ago, including the temperance movement, rum-running and speakeasies as well as lifestyle changes.  People, disillusioned with conservative traditions and by the horrors of the past war, drove fast cars, wore fashionable clothes and cosmetics, partied, danced the Charleston, drank alcohol despite Prohibition, and added many slang terms to the language.  Individualism and Consumerism developed at this time.

Located at the Ann Currie-Bell house at the Maple Lane Complex.

Quilt Display
Historic Quilt Display
Historic Quilt

These quilts highlight the extensive textile collection of the museum.  In addition to a quilt that was sewn during the Civil War era, there is a quilt to support the temperance movement as well as one by skilled milliner, Frank Davis Smith of Peconic. Smith was born on March 21, 1862, in Peconic, New York, to  Joshua (1824 -1887) and Lucinda Terry (1829-1925).  He married Minnie Esther Terry on August 2, 1900, in Southold, NY.  Frank owned a millinery shop in Peconic.  This quilt, made from silk and velvet scraps of his hat fabrics, was hand pieced by him shortly before his death at age 80.

Located at the Ann Currie-Bell house at the Maple Lane Complex.

Enslavement in Southold
Enslavement in Southold Exhibit Photos
Enslavement in Southold Exhibit

The reinterpretation of the permanent “Enslavement in Southold” exhibit examines the institution of slavery in Southold and identifies five people who are documented as being enslaved by the Landon Family in the mid to late 1700s.  The reinterpretation involved integrating the narrative of the enslaved people within the daily lives of the family.  Additionally, the entry way to the house is now being used as the exhibit space, so that the remaining house is set up for historic house tours. 

Located in the Thomas Moore/Samuel Landon house at the Maple Lane Complex.

Dead Man’s Cove: Shipwrecks off Horton Point Lighthouse 
Anchor At Horton Point Lighthouse.jpeg
Whaling Exhibit

 “Dead Man’s Cove: Shipwrecks off Horton Point Lighthouse” explores the history of the treacherous waters just beyond Horton Point that necessitated the building of the lighthouse there.  The sand bars and large boulders have led to a number of shipwrecks over the years. Curated by volunteer Ben Gonzalez with assistance from Amy Folk, museum collections manager.

Located at the Nautical Museum at Horton Point Lighthouse.

Tips from a Colonial Laundry

The former buttery, which accompanied the Ann Currie Bell House, has been converted to a “Colonial Wash House.”  Visitors can imagine how laundry would have been done during the late 1700s. 

Located on the grounds of the Maple Lane Complex.

Colonial Herb Garden
Colonial Garden Sign

The Colonial Herb Garden has been updated to include interactive labels to identify and explore the various herbs.  By scanning the QR codes with a smartphone, visitors can learn about the various uses of the herb throughout history.

Located on the grounds of the Maple Lane Complex.

Reichert Family Barn Sleighs and Carriages
Covered Carriage Reichert Barn
Carriage Reichert Barn

The Reichert Family Barn has new interpretive labels that offer names and uses of various artifacts that are on exhibit throughout the barn.  The extensive sleigh collection, which is exhibited on the upper bays are now easier to identify, as well as the carriages that are on display throughout the barn and annex.

Located on the grounds of the Maple Lane Complex.



The new outdoor interpretive signs at the Maple Lane Complex, funded by a grant through Suffolk County Parks, help visitors learn more about the numerous buildings as they walk the beautiful grounds.  These signs offer some basic information about the historic buildings, including some historic photographs.

There is a suggested admission of $5 per adult and $10 per family which includes admission to both locations.  


Maple Lane Complex

55200 Main Rd., Southold

Hours:  Sat. and Sun. from 1- 4pm through September 12.


Nautical Museum at Horton Point Lighthouse

3575 Lighthouse Rd., Southold

 Hours; Sat. and Sun from 11:30 - 4pm.  


Parking is available at Horton Point Lighthouse for a fee through the Southold Park District. 

Street parking is with a Southold Town Permit only.  The Lighthouse Tower is temporarily closed.