The 1750 David Conklin Farmhouse Museum
The Huntington Historical Society uses the Conklin barn to hold many of its activities. It is heated in the winter and is air conditioned in the summer. The barn is also rented to many community groups, and is an important source of income for the society.
The original barn on the Conklin Farmhouse property had deteriorated to the point that it had to be taken down many years ago. In 1990, under the direction of the then Executive Director, Zachary Studenroth, a “new” barn was acquired for the property. The barn, built in 1830 on the Taylor farm in Laurel Hollow, was relocated to the Conklin property to replace the original barn.
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,