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 Recognition Page.



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.


The report is in from our Lighthouse Architect.  Click here to learn more, and to help us pay for his services. Also click that link for pictures from our 5K Run/Walk.  You can still contribute at that link.  And please patronize our sponsors, listed below - and thank them for supporting the lighthouse.

We thank our 2017 5K Run/Walk Sponsors:

Bagel Mentch

Jack Blaha

FCE Group

Great Neck Chamber of Commerce

Great Neck Diner

Harras Bloom & Archer, LLP

Inn of Great Neck

Lalezarian Developers, Inc

Norman Collision Works

Rotary Club of Great Neck

Saltlife Marine Services

Systematic Control

Elona & Richard Weiner

Andrew Hotel

Edna Mashaal Realty

Nemat Development Group

Nuclear Cleaners

Taiming Perlman - KW Realty

North Shore Prosthodontic Associates

Women's Health and Wellness

Bagel Hut

Best Bagel


To get to our Lighthouse Page, click here or go to News, and then Click on the Lighthouse.  Just added: an affiliate program with West Marine that will make a donation to the lighthouse with each purchase.   And don't forget, when shopping Amazon to use Amazon Smile instead - and stipulate the Great Neck Historical Society.
To get to our Gristmill Page, click here or go to News, and then Click on the Gristmill.   Things are starting to happen!

We've added a long-sleeved T-shirt.  Nice and cozy.  Help support the Lighthouse by keeping it front and center all year long!

Order your Stepping Stones T-Shirt Online!!

Visit our store

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like a speaker about the history of Great Neck? 

Or about Stepping Stones Lighthouse?

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May 6 - FOR MEMBERS ONLY Spend a Sunday afternoon touring the Barstow mansion with the Director of the Museum of the US Merchant Marine Academy.  Meet at the Museum at 1PM.  This is a special Member benefit.  There is plenty of time to join the Historical Society and take advantage of this tour.

May 16 - You are welcome at our Open Board meeting.  Great Neck House.  7:30pm

Great Neck Railroad Station c. 1907

Contact Us

We'd love to hear from you.  

Snail mail: 

PO Box 234483 Great Neck, NY 11023




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