Historical Society







Upcoming FBHS Events:



October 8, 2017 

12:30pm – Annual Installation Luncheon, Carlyle on the Green


November 19, 2017

2:00pm at Farmingdale Public Library – Fall/Winter Lecture Series, Speaker: Mary Cascone, Historian, Town of Babylon



Links of Interest:


Village of Farmingdale

Historic Photos of Farmingdale

Gold Coast Mansions

Additional links are on some web pages.



Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society

P.O. Box 500

Farmingdale, NY 11735

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The Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society



The Farmingdale-Bethpage community is one of the oldest on Long Island. The first non-native settler, Thomas Powell, arrived in 1687. In 1695 he purchased a 15 square mile tract of land known as the Bethpage Purchase from three Native American tribes. For a century and a half, Powell descendants and fellow Quakers were virtually the only inhabitants.

The rest is history. That history and the opportunity to explore the changes that have taken place through the years in story, picture, educational games and more is what this site is about.  Some of the items described in greater detail include:


  • The Farmingdale-Bethpage Purchase has evolved in ways that the early settlers could not have imagined. This section gives some of the highlights.

  • Bethpage State Park was established in 1932 and in 2002 its Black Golf Course became the first public course to host the U.S. Open Golf Tournament.

  • The Long Island Railroad was extended eastward to Farmingdale in 1841 and had major impact on the area. It continues to be an engine for Farmingdale৲owth.

  • Farmingdale State College, Long Island঩rst institution of higher learning was established in 1912. It is no longer an agricultural college, but, continues to grow and evolve and has a major influence on the area.

  • Major Aircraft Industry was established in the Farmingdale-Bethpage area after World War I and had major impact during World War II and beyond. Grumman, Republic and Fairchild are just a few of the major firms that started here.


Other topics of interest within this site, most of which change on a regular basis, include:


  • A Then and Now page where visitors are invited to view sites as they looked THEN.  Visitors are invited to locate and name the site in the photos.  By clicking on the NOW button they get a side by side comparison of Then And Now.

  • An About Us page which contains a listing of the officers and trustees, the mission of the historical society and an application for membership.

  • Historical Anecdotes pertaining to the region. These are changed periodically.

  • The Yeoman - The monthly newsletter of the Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society.

  • Civil War Memorial - The Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society will erect a permanent memorial to those from the Farmingdale area who served during the Civil War.  Dedication will take place on Memorial Day 2011.
    Click HERE to contribute    Click HERE to read the story



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Powell Home - 2008

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Quaker Meeting House

(Photo credit - FBHS)

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Polo at Bethpage Park - 1935

(Photo credit - Bethpage State Park)

Farmingdale Station - 2008

(Photo credit - FBHS)

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Cattle Show at Farmingdale College

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Grumman XFF1-32a

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Wood & Nostrand Buildings

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Quaker Mtg. House - 2008

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The Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society is a volunteer organization which operates for the society's membership.

  We regret that because of this limitation we are frequently unable to fill research requests from non-members.

Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society makes no warranties or representations about the content of any site to which we provide links to.

 We shall not be held liable for any direct, incidental, consequential, indirect or punitive damages arising out of access to or use of any

content of this site or the content of any sites to which we provide links. This listing is for personal use in education or research only!

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