Thanks to the sponsors of the 2019 Stepping Stones 5K!  There's lots more room to add YOUR name to the list.  Please donate to help our Lighthouse!

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!

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like a speaker about the history of Great Neck? 

Or about Stepping Stones Lighthouse?

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Great Neck Railroad Station c. 1907

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.

Please join and thank our $1,000 sponsor:

The Blaha Family

Please join and thank our $500 sponsors:

Robert Lincoln

Great Neck Diner

Saltlife Marine Service, LLC

Jim & Lee Levin

Bagel Mentch

Norman Collision

Alert Fire Company

Please join and thank our $250 sponsors:

Peter & Carol Frank

Vigilant Fire Company

Rotary Club of the Gold Coast

Ira D. Ganzfried & Co.

Alice & Larry Kasten

McLaughlin & Stern, LLP

Women's Health and Wellness

Lynx Mortgage Bank, LLC

Laffey Real Estate of Great Neck

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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. 


Growing up in Great Neck in the 50s and 60s

Wednesday, October 27 at 7:30 PM, virtual  Registration required - 100 Maximum Participants Reached, thanks!


 The Playhouse ~ its glorious past, current state, and the Great Neck Historical Society's Project 1922

Thursday, December 16 at 7:30 PM, virtual

Registration required 

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