Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Old Bethpage

#8 of 34 in Historic Sites in Long Island
Must see · Historic Site · Tourist Spot
The Old Bethpage Village Restoration is a 209-acre (0.85 km2) recreated living museum village in Old Bethpage, New York. The village opened in 1970 with dozens of historic structures that had been saved from demolition by Nassau County. Costumed actors provide demonstrations of 19th-century life. It is the site of the annual Long Island Fair.

The village came into existence in 1963, when Nassau County acquired the Powell property, a 165-acre (0.67 km2) farm located on the Nassau-Suffolk border. According to notes written on the county's 1959 master plan, the site originally was planned to become the Nassau County Zoo.

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  • I had my wedding at the Barn that is on the old Bethpage village restoration grounds. It was beautiful for the wedding and the reception. The photographer walked us to some of the old buildings and...  more »
  • If you're into American history. This place is a must. It's a modest-size living history exhibit, something that can be done in 2-3 hours, but the level of knowledge among the staff places it on a...  more »
  • You get transported back in time and see how people used to live in authentic 1800's houses from around Long Island. They were transported there among other places such as barns and stores. My family enjoyed the fiddler in the schoolhouse and watching the sheep and goats on the farm. Definitely plan to spend at least 2 hours there because it takes a while to walk through the whole thing and stop to listen to all the interesting employees who tell you the whole story of that house.
  • Old Bethpage Village Restoration is a hidden gem on Long Island. There are about 10 different buildings from the 19th century, as well as a farm and old time base ball field. The staff and volunteers are great at describing each building and really making the history come alive. For example, some will sing, or play an instrument from the period. It's a great way to step back in time and away from the hustle and bustle of life today on Long Island.

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