If you wanted something back in 19th-Century Long Island, chances are they made it in Patchogue: lace, twine, lumber, crinoline, wrapping paper, blankets, award-winning yachts. A sprawling arrangement of brick factories ran night and day, the mills kept turning by an abundance of rivers and streams. It was the hardest working village on Long Island.
On today’s episode we delve into Patchogue’s past with Mark Rothenberg of the Patchogue Medford Library. Mark oversees the Celia M. Hastings Local History Room, maintaining a collection of physical and virtual records that are a boon to anyone researching this area of Long Island.
We discuss Patchouge’s role throughout history, from a stop-over point on George Washington’s 1790 tour of Long Island to an infamous case of Civil War betrayal to early attempts at generating electricity.
- Cecilia M. Hastings Local History Room
- The Hart’s Tavern Mystery
- Patchogue Historical Society
- Hollywood & History in AMC’s TURN: Washington’s Spies
- TURN to a Historian
- Seba Smith and the Birth of American Political Satire
- Elizabeth Oakes Smith
- Remembering Patchogue’s Old Lace Mill
- The Carnegie Library in Patchogue
- Bianchi/Weiss Greenhouses undergoes year-long DEC cleanup