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The Wading River Historical Society building on North Country Road. (Credit: Rachel Young)
The Wading River Historical Society building on North Country Road. (Credit: Rachel Young)

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.

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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. 

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