Images provided by the Northport Historical Society
The Historical Society has been a proud member of the Chamber since 1999.
Northport, a quaint, thriving, picture postcard, waterfront village settled in the early 1600s. We're located in Suffolk County in a part of the Island's famed "Gold Coast" on Long Island's North Shore. Our borders lie between Huntington and Smithtown along Route 25A (also known as Fort Salonga Road), just east of Centerport.
The first inhabitants of Northport were peaceful Indians known as the Matinecocks, whose camp perched on a lakeshore site is now occupied by the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). In 1650 the first white men came to the territory from New Amsterdam and reported their discovery to the Dutch government at The Hague. The report described "good fishing, fine meadowlands and mostly level ground suitable for farms and cattle". Six years later, this area, which would be called Great Cow Harbor, was purchased from Chief Asharoken by three Englishmen for seven quarts of liquor, two coats, four shirts and eleven ounces of powder. Relations between the settlers and the Indians were friendly, and the small colony flourished with farming and shell-fishing.
Northport's Nostalgic Main Street District
Where Main Street meets the Water
Northport's world famous Main Street downtown offers visitors a magnificent view of our scenic harbor and homes dating back to the 18th century. You'll love the shopping experience and numerous boutiques. Enjoy dining at one of our many restaurants and take in a show in our very own theatre. The villagers and present-day shopkeepers work tirelessly to build and improve commerce in what was once called Great Cow Harbor. Looking for places of history, a museum, antiques, the perfect outfit, waterfront park or extraordinary restaurants, we've got it all. We have concerts, parades, an annual marathon, farmers' market, family nights, holiday celebrations and a relaxed form of holiday shopping that beats the malls hands down.
Northport's Uptown Business District on 25A
Traveling east or west on Route 25A (Fort Salonga Rd.) this historic highway takes you through Northport's "uptown" business district. Here we offer residents and tourists alike many services, boutiques, shops, banks, markets and restaurants from gourmet dining to light lunching. Take advantage of free convenient parking for a stress free shopping experience.