Welcome to the Great Neck Historical Society - your source for information, photos, events, and all things related to the fabled history of this Gold Coast area. Since its founding, Great Neck has gone through an evolution that transformed it from a rural farming and fishing area to a summer artist colony, and a suburban retreat to a thriving, sophisticated metropolis of commerce, culture, and education. Home to captains of industry and Broadway actors, Great Neck has always been renowned for its excellent schools, community-minded citizens, diverse population, parks, cultural activities, and all the things that enrich life.

Great Neck has one of America's most fascinating histories, beginning with its early days as a forested area inhabited by the Matinecock Indians and developing into today's thriving community. In the mid-1600s, Great Neck - or Mad Nan's Neck, as it was originally called, was a small, primarily Dutch and English settlement. Today, its residents can trace their roots back to a multitude of countries. Hundreds of celebrated men and women have called Great Neck their home, including stage and film stars Paul Newman, Alan King, Sid Caesar, and Francis Ford Coppola; writers F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ring Lardner, and Eugene O'Neill; musicians George M. Cohan, Richard Tucker, and Morton Gould; artists Louise Nevelson, Larry Rivers and Fairfield Porter; business leaders Walter Chrysler, William K. Vanderbilt Jr, and Harry F. Sinclair; and athletes Whitey Ford, Floyd Patterson and the Hughes sisters, Sarah and Emily. It has a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, a church with glorious Tiffany stained glass windows, and schools that have been recognized as among the very top in the nation.

Saving the Past for the Future

The Great Neck Historical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and presenting the history and heritage of the Great Neck peninsula. We share information through our programs, printed materials, and other media, as well as this website. We also support leadership efforts from all the villages in our community that share the goals of safeguarding the history of Great Neck. Please explore our website and discover the intriguing details of our vibrant history, past and present.

Proudly show off the history of your home with our Historical Recognition program

Do you live in an older home?
Is it architecturally significant?
Did a local notable reside there?

The Great Neck Historical Society recognizes significant homes and public places with elegant plaques. Find out more about our Historical Recognition program by visiting our History page.

Contact Us

We'd love to hear from you.  

Snail mail: 

PO Box 234483 Great Neck, NY 11023




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Great Neck Railroad Station c. 1907

March 17 - Bring your great ideas to a Lighthouse meeting.  All interested folk are always welcome. Lots of events are in the works, and we sure need volunteers!Great Neck House, 7:30PM

March 31 - Join us for a talk about the History of Great Neck.  We'll cover the time period from Colonial days through World War II.   Temple Isaiah. 7:30PM

1 Chelsea Place

April 15 - Open Board of Directors meeting, Great Neck House 7:30.  Open to all

April 29 - Join us at the Great Neck Synagogue for a talk about Great Neck History. 8PM  Open to all26 Old Mill Road

May 22 - Maritime Day at the Merchant Marine Academy.  Join us for a Lighthouse Talk at the Museum at 10AM.

Please click here to learn about our efforts to help preserve the Stepping Stones Lighthouse and to donate to our Lighthouse fund.  **See the new announcement from the Town on our News page**!! 
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