A number of other organizations, while not part of Village government, are integral to preservation of the quality of life that Village residents enjoy. New residents can make new acquaintances and develop friendships by joining and becoming active participants in local organizations. We encourage you to select organizations that interest you — join and volunteer some time to assist in activities.
- BOCES: 25 Lloyd Harbor Road, Huntington, New York 11743 telephone (631) 549-0071
- Caumsett Foundation: The mission of the Caumsett Foundation is to support and enhance Caumsett State Park as a unique and historic environment on Long Island’s North Shore. The Foundation is dedicated to education, recreation, historic, and environmental preservation and conservation of the scenic value, natural heritage, and cultural history of the site.
The Park reaches from Long Island Sound across Lloyd Neck to Lloyd Harbor, and occupies 1,500 acres of Marshall Field III’s former Gold Coast estate. The Park is approximately two miles across, has a two-mile frontage on Long Island Sound, and includes open fields, beautiful woodlands, and a 15-acre fresh water lake.
Amateur botanists, hikers, fishermen, and cross-country skiers pursue their various interests through all four seasons. Polo matches and other equestrian events take place throughout the year. Forest, field, pond, salt marsh, and seashore ecologies present unlimited opportunities for environmental and scientific research.
Membership in the Caumsett Foundation helps support efforts to maintain and preserve this unique environment, aids in the stewardship of the many species of flora and fauna, promotes educational activities, helps restore the once magnificent gardens, and assists in the development of a library and archives. The Foundation sponsors an annual benefit, publishes a newsletter, and welcomes new member participation on its various committees.
- Lloyd Harbor Equine Association (LHEA): 249 Southdown Road, Huntington, New York 11743 telephone (631) 692-4712
The Lloyd Harbor Equine Association (LHEA) is an organization dedicated to promoting responsible horse ownnership and interest, furthering the “horse heritage” of the area, and encouraging a personal sense of the importance of open space preservation. LHEA pursues these ends through educational, riding-related and community activities. These activities introduce both children and adults to the many ways in which association with horses can enhance their lives – the new worlds open to those on horseback; the fine art inspired by the beauty of the equine athlete; the lessons in patience, kindness and connection to another living thing which are so important for children in today’s high-tech world.
LHEA sponsors a “Pony Kids” program each Spring and Fall, which teaches children ages 6 through 10 to ride and care for their ponies. LHEA also works to restore and maintain the historic trail network within the Village, sponsors an annual benefit event, and publishes a Spring and Fall newsletter.
If you have ever owned horses, had children to whom the horses were important, are considering future horse ownership, or simply like to see the horses go by, we welcome you and thank you for your support.
- Lloyd Harbor Historical Society (LHHS), 41 Lloyd Harbor Road, Huntington, New York 11743 telephone (631) 424-6110
The Lloyd Harbor Historical Society, founded in 1974, has been a vital force in developing community interest in the early history of Lloyd Harbor. The Society is a non-profit organization, and has successfully been involved in projects such as the establishment of West Neck Road as an historical district, and the restoration of the 1763 Joseph Lloyd Manor House. More recently, the Society has focused on saving and restoring the saltbox style Henry Lloyd Manor House, built in 1711.
Today, LHHS maintains a cooperative agreement with New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to restore, preserve and make public the Henry Lloyd Manor House which is located on the grounds of Caumsett State Park. The Henry Lloyd House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. LHHS, in restoring this important historical structure, is currently furnishing and operating the House as a living museum of local history.
LHHS is an organization that brings together people who share a common interest in preserving our early heritage. Various social affairs and children’s programs all serve to raise needed funds and foster a better understanding and appreciation of our local historic heritage.
- The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Long Island Chapter: Uplands Farm, 250 Lawrence Hill Road, Cold Spring Harbor, New York 11724 – Telephone: (631)-367-3225
Founded in 1953, the Long Island Chapter is the second oldest in the Conservancy, and includes Suffolk County (west of the Shinnecock Canal), Nassau County, Brooklyn, and Queens. Headquarters are at Uplands Farm in Cold Spring Harbor, a 97-acre preserve donated by James Nicols Page and the Page family.
The mission of TNC is to preserve plants, animals, and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on earth, by protecting the lands and waters that are needed for their survival. By identifying the most ecologically valuable areas in both the U.S. and internationally, and collaborating with various partners, TNC is able to create a “conservation blueprint” for preservation of the areas’ full array of plants, animals, and natural communities. TNC is widely recognized nationally and internationally as the largest, and also the most effective conservation agency in recognition of its non-confrontational, non-partisan approach to land acquisition and management.
The Long Island Chapter of TNC has helped protect over 35,000 acres of pine barrens, meadows, streams, salt marshes, and ponds which are home to numerous species of plant, animal, and marine life threatened by encroachment development. The Chapter owns and manages 38 preserves, 13 of which are open to the public for walks and tours. In the Village, TNC owns two preserves:
- Mill Cove Waterfowl Sanctuary which includes the Van Wyck Lefferts Mill and abuts Puppy Cove; and
- Matheson Meadows, located on Fort Hill Drive, formerly part of the estate of Anna Matheson Wood
Become a member of TNC’s Long Island Chapter. Your contribution may entitle you to various discounts at the Nature Store, publications, and invitations to various tours and informational talks. Join the many people who are committed to the ethics of conservation, and willing to provide vital support to TNC in its proven efforts pertaining to land protection, stewardship, and conservation research and education.
- Queens College Center for Environmental Teaching and Research at Caumsett State Park: 31 Lloyd Harbor Road, Huntington, New York 11743 telephone (631) 421-3526
Based in the former mansion of Marshal Field III in Caumsett State Historic Park, the Queens College Center for Environmental Teaching and Research is an environmental education and training center for teachers and children, and a field station for the College’s science departments.
Local residents can enroll their children ages 5 through 12 in the center’s ecology-themed holiday and summer day camps. The holiday camps run for four days through each extended school break, and the summer camp runs for four two-week sessions through July and August. All camp days are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Visitors to the Park are welcome to walk behind the mansion and view the center’s collection of live hawks and owls which are used in education programs that visit classrooms throughout Long Island. Watch for the Center’s annual “Family Nature Days” festival and open house held each May. Programs are advertised by flyers distributed through the schools, or you can call the center at 421-3526.
- Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA): 161 Main Street, P.O. Box 148, Cold Spring Harbor, New York 11724 telephone (631) 692-4664
The Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA), founded in 1948, is a not-for-profit organization devoted to the preservation and interpretation of Long Island’s past. SPLIA pursues this goal through its collections, gallery exhibitions, historic house museums, educational programs and the publication of studies on Long Island’s history and material culture. Seeking to provide knowledge and insight into the cultural inheritance of every Long Islander, SPLIA is a resource, encouraging and assisting individuals, the public sector and private organizations concerned with historic preservation.
One of SPLIA’s finest examples of an historic house museum is in our community – the Joseph Lloyd Manor House. Built in 1766, this dignified structure with a simple elegance characteristic of the pre-Revolutionary high style, and formal garden maintained by the Three Harbors Garden Club, is located in a spectacular setting overlooking Lloyd Harbor. The fine interior woodwork was done by Connecticut craftsmen and the rooms have been furnished to the 1793 inventory of John Lloyd II.
Become a member of what Newsday has called “the Island’s most influential preservation organization.” SPLIA members enjoy invitations to special exhibits and events, free admission to all six historic house museums, discounts on all exhibit catalogs and books, as well as Newsletters and the periodical Preservation Notes.
SPLIA’s Museum Gallery located at the corner of Main Street and Shore Road in Cold Spring Harbor, is open all year round and features changing exhibitions about Long Island’s remarkable past. The Gallery’s Museum Shop features an excellent collection of books about Long Island. Admission is free.