Interview of Jim Wells, son of the founder of Wells Oil & Fuel. Jim, now in his 90s, lived and worked in Great Neck from 1925-1970. A remarkable man, he was not only involved in the family Oil business, but was a Town Councilman, on the Board of North Shore Hospital and involved in much that was happening in Great Neck. These notes were transcribed and edited by Alan Zamchick, who was born and lived in Great Neck for many years.
We have interviewed some older residents over the years,
to find out first-hand what life was like in Great Neck in the past.
Click the links to read their recollections.
Oral History Interviews
Great Neck Arcadia Images of America, 2013
Written by Alice Kasten and Leila Mattson
An illustrated history of our peninsula spanning the time from the 1600s through about 1950. Available at local bookstores, and online at Amazon and at Arcadia's website.
North Hempstead Arcadia Images of America, 2013
Written by Howard Kroplick
An illustrated history of the Town of North Hempstead, written by our Town Historian. Available at local bookstores and online at Amazon and at Arcadia's website.
Scenes of the Past
We hope you enjoy these selected views of Great Neck's past. The Great Neck Historical Society would welcome donations of any images or memorabilia you might have that illustrate the rich history of our peninsula.
Local History On The Internet
The Village of Thomaston
The Village of Thomaston is located mainly South of the Railroad track and East of Middle Neck Road. You can download a wonderful booklet which includes a walking tour, and read about the long history of this village by clicking here.
Great Neck Park District
On Monday, August 14, 1916, Roswell Eldridge of Great Neck appeared before the Board of the Town of North Hempstead in Manhasset, N.Y. and filed a petition for the establishment of the Great Neck Park District. Read more about the Great Neck Park District by clicking here.
Interview of Grace Smith, born 1895 - by Great Neck South HS Students
Ms. Smith was an African-American woman who lived her whole life on Community Drive.
GREAT NECK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Articles About Great Neck History
Our Village Green - by Leila Mattson
William Gould Brokaw - by Alice Kasten
One of our Last Lighthouse Keepers - by Carol Frank
The History Behind the Great Neck Street Names - by Leila Mattson
Many of our streets were named after well regarded local residents. Read about the background of your street's name. And this one, not in the article, was named for the late Deena Lesser, former Mayor of Thomaston, Town Clerk, and Water Commissioner.