Glimpse of Early Life in Stony Brook Village at Port Jeff Village Center

Three Village Historical Society worked with Port Jefferson village historian on an exhibit of large photos that highlight historical people and places in Stony Brook village.

From now through June 26 the is hosting an exhibit titled featuring more than 120 pre-1940 photographs taken of Stony Brook village, sponsored by Three Village Historical Society and the Recreation Department of the Village of Port Jefferson.

The large scale photographs will give viewers a chance to see what life was like in the early 20th century on the north shore of Long Island and meet the people who were actively shaping local history at the time.

Among the photographers whose work is on display are Arthur S. Greene, Robert S. Feather, Israel Hawkins, and Jonas Newton. Greene was the subject of his historical work in a solo exhibit at the Village Center in February.

Brady said that the photographs on display include “rare views of Youngs Bakery, the clam factory, the Bayles and Son sawmill, Dogwood Hollow, the Wopowog Hotel, the Lubber Street oak tree, and the Pine View House.”

Local personalities like noted Stony Brook villagers Grace Estelle Rick (Lyons), Anna Phillips (Bunn), "Barnacle Bill" Dross, Fred T. Brush, Benjamin Newton Bayles, John Yutz, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kane, and Etta Sherry cal also be spotted in the photos.

According to Port Jefferson village historian Ken Brady, the photos come from the Rhodes Memorial Collection at the Three Village Historical Society and also from private individuals. According to the historical society’s website the exhibit will expand on its publication, “Images of America: Stony Brook.”

Brady enhanced and printed the images as a part of the he is spearheading. To date, more than 18,000 images have been processed for the archive since the Port Jefferson Village Center opened in November 2005.


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