The Wading River Historical Society occupies a well-kept, muted-blue house erected nearly 200 years ago on North Country Road that smells its age.
And why shouldn’t it? The colonial-style property, built circa 1826, is chock-full of original details, local artifacts, old documents and donated curiosities.
“It’s got a lot of odds and ends,” Sid Bail, the historical society’s president, said during a recent tour.
The six-room house, which sits on a quarter-acre just steps from the Duck Ponds, is a veritable treasure trove of homegrown history, with items like an antique shaving stand, 19th-century wooden mousetrap, arrowheads and old farm implements including an iron food chopper and pie plate fork.