“A Community Lost to Time”
Open Sundays 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. and by appointment
Admission: $5 Children, $8 Adults. Members Free.
(Includes both Chicken Hill and SPIES Exhibits)
Winner of the American Association for State and Local History’s Leadership in History Awards Award of Merit, our Chickent Hill exhibit gives you a look at this Setauket neighborhood populated by a multi-national, multi-religious polyglot combining Eastern and Southern Europeans with Native Americans and African Americans. Its origins were mid-nineteenth century industrial and persisted until the early 1960’s when suburban development overtook the Three Villages.
At the exhibit:
Of Pianos and Rubber Boots:
Chicken Hill encompassed a half mile area surrounding the present Setauket Methodist Church. It had its roots in mid-nineteenth century industrial American with the Nunns and Clark Piano Factory and its primarily German work force. Nine years after the bankruptcy of Nunns and Clark, the Long Island Rubber Company occupied the premises. The initial Irish and African American work force was replaced by Eastern European Jewish immigrants in 1888.
We Came Together:
The exhibit examines Chicken Hill’s religious, social and cultural development.
Our Families and Our Play:
See how family life and the passion that surrounded Setauket’s baseball teams shaped the community.
A touch screen computer station featuring interviews with former residents of Chicken Hill, who relate their personal stories and recollections of the events that engaged the entire community.
Why Exhibit Chicken Hill?
A presentation of the underlying importance of this community to the present day Three Villages.