In the Frank E. Szemko History Exhibition Room at Brookwood Hall

The People of Islip Town / February 2 - June 15, 2019

Through documents and photos this exhibit will explore the development of the Town of Islip and its people. Rotating displays will tell the story of the Town through it residents' faith, hope, family, recreation and service. This exhibition celebrate 335 years of Islip Town.


The Hidden History of Islip Tours

The purpose of the Islip History Tours is to share the history of Islip Town and how it relates to the history of our nation. This tour highlights the many historic sites in the town that are hidden in plain sight. This series of tours will also build awareness of and interest in the historical societies in the town. ALL TOURS INCLUDE BUS, TOUR GUIDE, SNACKS OR LUNCH AND A BEVERAGE. FEE:$30. Please call Islip Arts Council at 631-224-5420 for more information.

Hidden History of Islip Town Walking Tour – Oysters, Clams and Dutchmen – The Historic Area of West Sayville / May 4

The Father of our Country took a carriage ride through our Town in 1790 and described what he saw. We will combine that with the information gained from a letter written by Islip Town Supervisor Nathaniel Conklin in 1798 that describes the Town in detail and lets us build a fuller picture of what Islip was like at the dawning of the 19th Century. We will combine this with a look at some of the places that are mentioned as well as exploring the hidden remnants of what was there at that time. All participants will also receive a booklet containing the Supervisor’s letter, a transcription and detailed comments that will make the history of Islip Town come to life.

The Hidden Gold Coast / June 22

During the First Gold Coast (1870’s–1920’s), the wealthy residents who took advantage of the recreational and vacation resources of the Town of Islip had to build more than homes, but also develop communities to support the estates. During this tour we will look at some of the ancillary structures that were important to the summer life here in Islip Town, many still in use today. Beginning at Brookwood Hall, one of the last of the estate homes (or in the parlance of the time “cottages”) we will visit St. Marks Church. St. Marks served the religious needs of those who came here for the summer season. From there we pass some of the smaller mansions that were part of the later group of residents and into Great River where we will stop at Emmanuel Episcopal Church and Churchyard where many of the members of the Nicoll Family are buried. From there we will travel on Montauk Highway (the original South Country Road of 1735) to visit the South Side Sportsman’s Club which started the move to build “hunting lodges” on the South Shore. While there, we will also be able to visit the last operational tub mill which was part of the Nicoll Grant which has been recently restored. The club was also one of the places where Town Board meetings were held, while it was the Snedecor Inn. We will end with a drive into Oakdale for a glimpse of some of the remaining structures of the Idle Hour estate and will return to Brookwood Hall. Bus Tour Fee: $30.