Chicken Hill : A Community Lost to Time
Open Sundays 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. and by appointment
Admission: $5 Children and Students, $10 Adults. Members Free.
(Includes both Chicken Hill and SPIES Exhibits)
Congratulations to our exhibit curator, Dr. Frank Turano on being named one of the People of the Year by the Times Beacon Record.
Visit the society’s History Center located at 93 North Country Road, Setauket to view the exhibit Chicken Hill: A Community Lost to Time. Through photographs, artifacts, and recorded interviews the memory of this neighborhood has been preserved.
The residents of this former industrial and residential community included African Americans, Native Americans, Russians, Poles, Lithuanians, Rumanians, Irish, and Italians. This ethnically diverse close knit community called Chicken Hill home.
Today the community of Chicken Hill is far from its original housing and cultural form and the people who lived there have lost their personal, cultural and social past. At present, as a consequence of all this, they also risk losing even that important and precious heritage that one cannot and should not renounce: the memory and collective history of Chicken Hill.
The exhibit is a 2015 recipient of a Leadership in History Award from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).