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Historic walking tour, pub crawl in Huntington Village

A tour group stops at Canterbury Ales during

A tour group stops at Canterbury Ales during The Huntington Historical Society's historic walking tour and pub crawl. Credit: The Huntington Historical Society

There's no question that one of the premiere places to stroll on the Island is Huntington Village. Loaded with shops, bars and restaurants, it's as close to a walk through lower Manhattan as anywhere outside the five boroughs.

But look more closely and you'll notice the occasional painted-over or faded business signs and numbers, the ancient building structures, the alleyways ... there's no question this area has real history. Now, thanks to The Huntington Historical Society, the curious have an excellent chance not only to peer back into time and get the scoop on what was, but to grab some nifty drink specials along the way.

It's the society's Historic Walking Tour and Pub Crawl, and from 6:30 to about 9 p.m. Friday, May 13, those who'd like to know more about the area's rich past can sign up for a walking tour with historian Robert Hughes. Starting at The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building, trippers will take breaks along with way at three different pubs -- all of which are a part of the village's story -- with two (Finnegan's and Canterbury Ales) offering breaks on beverages to the intrepid investigators.

The tour costs $5 (21 and over); reservations are required. Call 631-427-7045 (ext. 401) to sign up for the event, a chance to tour one of the hottest areas on a Friday night.

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