Collection Facts

Extent: 
85 items
Dates of Original: 
c. 1880 - 1990
Collection Owner:
NYH Topic Area(s):

Historical Context

Port Washington is a hamlet located on the northshore area of Long Island in Nassau County. Port Washington was a sand-mining town in the late nineteenth century, having the largest known sandbank east of the Mississippi River. The sand from Port Washington was used to make concrete for some of the New York skyscrapers that are still around today, including the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building.

Scope of Collection

The Port Washington Main Street Collection brings together photographs, postcards, and other historic materials that reflect the rich past of this community nestled between Manhasset and Hempstead Bays.