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Montauk's Second House to hold history festival

The Second House Museum in Montauk. (Aug. 20,

The Second House Museum in Montauk. (Aug. 20, 2012) Credit: Ian J. Stark

A group of Montauk residents who want to expand the small museum in their community to show its prehistory — in other words, what went on before colonial settlers came to Long Island — will be holding an Archaeology Fest on Saturday at the Second House Museum, the oldest building still standing in Montauk.

While nearly a half-million people went to Montauk State Park this year, the tiny historic site on Second House Road attracted few visitors, even from the local community.

Second House was built in 1797, is owned by East Hampton Town and the New York State Historical Trust, and is open during the tourist season.

The Archaeology Fest is being held to drum up interest in community history, with demonstrations for children on pottery making and native blow guns, and three lectures between 1 and 2 p.m. from prominent archeologists on different aspects of the Montaukett Tribe.

The fest will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“It’s going to be an instructive day and a fun day,” said Jessica James, of Montauk, a member of the committee attempting to build the museum. James said that the dozen presenters during the day will show the kinds of programs a future museum could offer.

Any actual work to build a new museum would depend on future fundraising.

Above: The Second House Museum in Montauk. (Aug. 20, 2012)


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