We will be discussing and signing copies of our book Long Island Oddities at the following dates and locations:
10/23/13 7PM Carle Place, Barnes and Noble
10/24/13 7PM Bay Shore, Barnes and Noble
10/30/13 7PM Lake Grove, Barnes and Noble
Before entering the building take note of the fountain. It is a recreation of one that adorned the corner of Main Street and Fire Island Avenue since 1897. Its purpose wasn't purely aesthetical. It served water on three levels, one each for people, horses and dogs. In 1917, the original fountain was damaged when a derailed trolley hit it. Restoration of the lost fountain was possible because the fountain has an identical twin in Ligonier, PA. The Ligonier fountain was copied. The postcard on the right shows the original Bayabylon Village fountain.
Inside the museum I was greeted by some knowledgeable volunteers from the Babylon Village Historical Society, who are there every Wednesday and Saturday, between 2PM to 4PM.
This part of the museum shows how life was like in the early days of the village. The displays in this room include tools that were commonly used, a mannequin wearing Nineteenth Century apparel, and a grass boat. The grass boat was used for duck hunting, hence the decoys shown.
The walls of the museum are adorned with pictures, drawings, and paintings of historic scenes throughout the village. This one shows the Argyle Hotel, now long gone. This hotel's staff made up the first all black baseball team. The hotel once stood on the grounds of the park of its namesake, Argyle Park.
If you were a kid anytime from the 50's through the mid 80's you would remember Captain Kangaroo. However, did you know that Bob Keeshan, who played Captain Kangaroo, lived in Babylon Village? This statue pays homage to that fact.
Babylon, like most villages and towns in Suffolk County, had its own police department. Today's Suffolk Police now perform law enforcement services for the village. Here is an original uniform from the village's own police force.