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SOUTHOLD REDISCOVERED

Embark on a journey through time at our Maple Lane Complex of historic buildings and the Nautical Museum at Horton Point Lighthouse where unexpected artifacts and all new exhibits reveal fascinating stories from centuries past.

Come explore our 2024 Special Exhibits at the Maple Lane Complex and the Nautical Museum at Horton Point.

Open weekends during the summer season. See dates/times below.

We welcome private group tours year-round!

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Maple Lane Complex
Special Exhibit: Southold Theatre: Vaudeville to Jesus Christ Superstar.
 
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We are excited to announce the special exhibit Southold Theatre: Vaudeville to Jesus Christ Superstar at the Maple Lane Complex inside the Ann Currie-Bell House. This exhibit will be open for viewing on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4pm through September 15 in the Mayne Gallery. Dive into the rich history of local theater, plays, and performances showcased in this exhibit. Join us to reminisce and celebrate the vibrant theatrical culture of Southold.

Maple Lane Complex
Special Exhibit: Quilts of Bygone Eras
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QUILT EXHIBIT AT MAPLE LANE COMPLEX
2024 QUILT EXHIBIT

 

In addition to our seasonal exhibit at the Maple Lane Complex, we will also have an exhibit in the Elfers Collections Center at the Maple Lane Complex  featuring our quilts.

Quilts of Bygone Eras will be available as part of the usual Maple Lane Complex admission and is open on Saturdays ONLY from 1pm -4pm in July and August, except July 27 and August 24. Volunteers will be waiting to greet visitors and share their quilting knowledge in the Gallery at the Collections Center.

Maple Lane Complex
Special Exhibit: This Land is Made for You and Me!
special exhibit showing migrant camps in southold

Step into the past and learn about the laborers and their families who worked the land and lived in migrant camps in Southold, NY. Join us at the Maple Lane Complex Reichert Family Barn on Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm to 4pm for this special exhibit, This Land is Made for You and Me. Immerse yourself in the images and stories that shed light on this part of history and take the opportunity to explore and reflect. Admission is included with regular entry.

Special Exhibit: Soaring Over Southold: Aerial Photos of Southold
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View historic aerial photos of Southold at the “Soaring Over Southold” special exhibit and see how much our town has changed, or not changed, over the years. See if you can spot your house or business!

Other Nautical Museum Exhibits
Nautical museum at horton point whale bone display
Fresnel Lens at Horton Point Museum
Interactive exhibits for kids

Explore thrilling exhibits detailing the early history of the lighthouse, its keepers, and the baymen, along with shipwrecks, whaling, and the famous Holland Submarine. Plenty of interactive experiences for children!

Ongoing Exhibits at the Maple Lane Complex
Reichert Family Barn Sleighs and Carriages
Covered Carriage Reichert Barn
Carriage Reichert Barn

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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 is 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.

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 at the Thomas Moore/Samual Landon house at the Maple Lane Complex involved incorporating the narrative of the enslaved people throughout the house.  Additionally, the entryway to the house is set up as the permanent exhibit space.

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 herb garden at the Maple Lane Complex

The Kitchen Garden was a mainstay for Colonial families in Southold.  In it, women grew the vegetables and herbs used on a daily basis for their families.  The Colonial Herb Garden, set behind the 1700s Thomas Moore House at Southold Historical Museum's Maple Lane Complex is a representation of the types of herbs a household might've grown.

Interpretive Signage

 

 

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 or $10 per family which includes admission to both locations.  

 

Maple Lane Complex

55200 Main Rd., Southold

Hours:  Sat. and Sun. from 1pm- 4pm, June 29 through September 15.

 

Nautical Museum at Horton Point Lighthouse

3575 Lighthouse Rd., Southold

 Hours: Sat. and Sun. from 11:30am - 4pm, May 25 through September 15.

 

Parking is available at Horton Point Lighthouse for a $5 fee through the Southold Park District.  Street parking is with a Southold Town Permit only.  The Lighthouse Tower is generally open  - as temperatures allow and volunteers are available. 

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