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The 1750 David Conklin Farmhouse Museum
2 High Street
Huntington, NY 11743

The Conklin house, which contains artifacts and is decorated to illustrate three periods of the country's history: Colonial, Federal and Victorian, is staffed by Docents and is open for tours  Friday and Sunday, 1:00 through 4:00 until further notice.  It can also be toured by groups by appointment.  Please call the office for an appointment.  It is not Open Holidays.  See a Map for the location.

When you visit this National Register property, occupied by the Conklin family for over one-hundred and fifty years, you will see the original rooms of the house constructed c. 1750. You will also see the area where Sybel Conklin and her children lived and worked while her husband, David, was held prisoner by the British in 1777.

As our volunteer docents guide you through the house, reflecting on life in Huntington from the mid-eighteenth century to the early twentieth century, be sure to notice the table and chair used by George Washington during his tour of Long Island in 1790 and the bed that the Conklins slept in.

One of the earliest museums on Long Island, this home was given to the Society by Ella Conklin Hurd in 1911.

 

In 1922 a "Meeting Room" was added to the back of the house.  In 1955 the room was expanded to its current size, and it was dedicated as a Memorial Room to Society members who have passed on.  A simple walnut plaque, with brass plates, was mounted there with the names of former members.  In 1983 the room was dedicated and named "the Andrus T. Valentine Memorial Room", in honor of the Town Historian.    This room is now used as an exhibit room to display significant portions of the Society's collections.  Exhibits like Baubles, Bangles and Beads, Huntington's Pottery, Tick-Tock, Huntington's Clocks, Hats off to Huntington  and Dolls, Trains and other Toys have provided very popular displays of items important to Huntington's past.  The exhibit hall has afforded the Society the opportunity to bring Huntington's past alive for the community,


The Conklin property is home to Three unique items:  
  •   Between the house and the barn is a mill stone from one of the early mills in Huntington.  It's plaque reads: 
    "This stone  was used in the Old Grist Mill  at the head of the Harbor, 1752 - 1930   Presented to The Historical Society of Huntington, 1951"

 

  • On the side of the house a spruce tree was planted thanks to the customers of the Picket Fence, a local business, dedicated to the Huntington residents who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in Manhattan. 

 

  • Extending the early Conklin House connection with our first President, George Washington, the Society celebrated Arbor Day , in 2004, with the planting of a cloned sapling directly descended from a 200 year old tree at Washington's Mount Vernon estate.  The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, Bartlett Tree Experts and Green Point (a statewide coalition of arborists and green industry officials) arranged for the White Ash to be planted.  The planting included a special guest, NY State Senator Carl Marcellino.

 

Located at 2 High Street, at the corner of Route NYS 110, the Conklin House is open to the public from 1 pm to 4 pm Thursday, Friday and Sunday.  It is closed on  holidays. Please call the office (427-7045, Ext. 401) to confirm docent availability.  A donation is requested for each tour.  Group tours can be arranged by special appointment.