01/11/18 6:03am

The visual essay features old and new photos that illustrate the evolution of the North Fork’s winemaking industry. (Credit: David Benthal for Southold Historical Society)

While reveling in your favorite North Fork red or white it’s easy to forget how the vintage came to be.

Sure there’s the vines and the fruit, but the enjoyment can ultimately be credited to field laborers and winemakers who bring that grape to glass. Their process is the modern-day application of a decades-long legacy of winemaking on the North Fork. (more…)

11/27/17 9:39am

Inside the Ann Currie-Bell House. (Credit: David Benthal)

White Flower Farmhouse owner Lori Guyer has transformed the Southold Historical Society’s Ann Currie-Bell House for the organization’s first Home for the Holidays Show House fundraiser.

Built in 1901, the late Victorian-style house served as the childhood home to Ann Currie-Bell, the historical society’s founder. She later moved back into the home with her husband, Tom, and lived there until her death in 1964. The home is now owned by the Southold Historical Society.

Guyer has infused her signature style and numerous decorations from her personal collection into the space with historically accurate holiday decorations.


We sent photographer David Benthal inside to capture that holiday magic.

The tour will continue on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. Entry is $10 per person for adults and free for children. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by visiting the Southold Historical Society office. (more…)

11/15/17 6:01am
Ann Currie-Bell

Lori Guyer inside the Ann Currie-Bell house. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

While visiting a furniture sale held by the Southold Historical Society this past summer, an antique wooden cabinet caught the eye of interior designer Lori Guyer.

When Guyer, the owner of White Flower Farmhouse in Southold, inquired about the price of the cabinet, she was told she could have it for free on one condition: She had to agree to decorate the Ann Currie-Bell House for the historical society’s first Home for the Holidays Show House fundraiser.

“We have always decorated the house for the candlelight tour the day after Thanksgiving,” explained Karen Lund-Rooney, executive director of Southold Historical Society. “We thought this year — since Lori is decorating it for the very first time and she’s well known for her good eye for decorating — we would open it up as a show house for the general public and have an opportunity for people to see the decorations and hear a little bit about the history of the house.” (more…)

12/02/16 5:59am
KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | The crowd at Noah's on Front Street Sunday.

The crowd at The Frisky Oyster during Shellabration. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Looking for something to do on the North Fork? Northforker has you covered.

Here are eight events set for this weekend. As always, visit northforker.com/events for additional happenings.


11/25/16 11:47pm
Southold Historical Society tree lighting

Scout Stanton, 9, of Southold enjoys the lights illuminating the giant tree. (Credit: Madison Fender)

The Southold Historical Society held its annual Candlelight Tour and tree lighting on the museum grounds in Southold Friday afternoon.

All museum buildings were open and visitors enjoyed demonstrations, decorations, and live music. Santa stopped by for a visit and at 5 p.m., the tree was lit for the season.

Check out photos from Friday night’s event. (more…)

11/03/16 4:41pm
Horton Point Lighthouse

A view up the staircase inside the Horton Point Lighthouse. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

For centuries lighthouses have thrilled and fascinated people with their sense of mystery, sea lore and romance.

Author Eric Jay Dolin writes about these beacons of light, including some on Long Island, in his new book, “Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse.”

He comes to the North Fork this weekend to discuss America’s lighthouses and sign copies of his book. (more…)

10/26/16 6:02am
jack-o'-lantern Southold

Jack-o’-lanterns on display in last year’s Southold Historical Society pumpkin patch. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Calling all pumpkin carvers!

This weekend is the second annual Pumpkin Patch Display, hosted by the Southold Historical Society.

Over the course of two evenings, Sunday, October 30 and Monday, October 31, people are invited to bring their carved jack-o’-lanterns to the organization’s Main Road headquarters for a fantastical Halloween display.