Across the United States, there are over 2000 historic places that have been specially designated as National Historic Landmarks by the Secretary of the Interior. They were chosen because of their great value in the heritage of our nation. These exceptional places include the homes of presidents, musicians, artists and others, seafaring vessels, battlefields, ruins and more.
The National Historic Landmarks Program was established in 1935, and the National Park Service administers this program for the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to identify and preserve these significant places.
Here's a list of the historic places that have earned this distinction on Long Island, NY.
1. National Historic Landmarks in Nassau County, NY
From a historic sloop to a famous musician's house and more, Nassau County boasts several National Historic Landmarks.
The oldest surviving oyster sloop in the United States, the Christeen, a 40-foot gaff rigged sloop, is the oldest oyster sloop was built in 1883. The Christeen harvested oysters in Oyster Bay and Cold Spring Harbor, and later served as a cargo carrier.
After two sinkings, hurricanes, Nor'easters and other adverse events, the Christeen finally came back home to Oyster Bay in 1992. After a group of volunteers working with a shipwright restored the sloop, it was ready for launching in 1999. The sloop now functions as a floating classroom to bring up to 24 passengers out on the water to learn about maritime history, marine science and more.
Named after the Massapeags (also known as the Massapequas), the Native Americans who once lived in the area, this small park in the Town of Oyster Bay was once the site of a mid-17th century fort.
At 14 Hick Lane, Sands Point, NY, on the tip of the Port Washington peninsula, stands the former home of John Philip Sousa, the composer known for his rousing patriotic marches. Sousa lived at this location from 1915 to 1932. The house was designated a National Historic landmark in 1966.
5. National Historic Landmarks in Suffolk County, NY
From historic homes to an archaeological site, a church and more, Suffolk County has seven sites that have earned the designation of National Historic Landmark.
Now a passive recreation area maintained by the Town of Southold, this wooded area was once the site of a 17th century Native American fort.
The house where Hudson River School artist Thomas Moran created some of his colorful paintings is still located in East Hampton, NY. Built in 1884, the house, which is closed to the public, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965.
10. Old House, Cutchogue, NY
One of the oldest houses in New York State, the Old House was built in 1649. it now sits in the Cutchogue Village Green. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1961.
Originally built in 1879, the house was later owned by the famed abstract expressionist painting, Jackson Pollock.
The 60' oyster sloop was originally built in 1888 and has been restored. It is docked at the Long Island Maritime Museum, 86 West Avenue, West Sayville, NY.