QHS At Home

History of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge

Established in 1934, the Refuge has a fascinating history of ice harvesting and a nationwide waterfowl conservation movement. Learn all about the Refuge’s wild past in this virtual Zoom presentation with Cara Fernandes, Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s environmental educator.

Virtual Tour of Quogue's 1822 Schoolhouse

For a virtual tour of the 1822 Schoolhouse with Miss Lizabeth Griffin(g), a 19th century Quogue schoolteacher, click here.

Quogue's Early 20th Century Postcards

The golden age of postcards in America spanned 1905 to 1915, coinciding with  Quogue’s peak years as a bustling summer resort. The Quogue Historical Society holds more than 150 early 20th century postcards in its collection, including beach scenes, boarding houses, and summer cottages. Taken together, they create a charming visual portrayal of our village 100 years ago.

A Moment in Time: Photographs of Quogue Streets, 1942

In February 1942, a Riverhead photographer, Louis Dormand, was hired to photograph the streets of Quogue, perhaps to document the new Post Lane bridge, which had opened in 1940. Dormand’s ten photographs capture street scenes very different than those of today.

Quogue through the Lens of George B. Brainerd, ca. 1875

Ten photographs create a unique portrait of the small village of Quogue on the brink of
becoming a bustling summer resort.

Walking Tour of Historic Jessup Avenue

For all you promenaders …

Pick up a map outside the Pond House and take a (socially distanced) guided walk of Historic Jessop Avenue, now Quogue’s bustling commercial, cultural, and civic center.

Or you can download and print your own copy.

Then and Now: Pictorial Quogue, c. 1875 & 2020
July 23, 2020
– 6pm

By the time of his death, in 1887, civil engineer and amateur photographer George Bradford Brainerd had taken 2,500 photographs, mostly urban views of New York City. The ten-plus images Brainerd captured of Quogue in the mid-1870s document a portrait of the Village’s early days, revealing a stark contrast to the Quogue of today. The exhibition Through the Lens of George Bradford Brainerd: Quogue, ca. 1875, is on view at the Pond House (currently closed).

Fun Art Questions

Here are some fun activities for you to share with the kids whilst at home. You can choose between art quizzes, word searches and various drawing or art related challenges. These activities are designed to encourage your children to discover the wonderful world of art in their community. Have fun!

1822 Schoolhouse: 2019-2021 Restoration

Quogue’s 1822 one-room Schoolhouse, said to be the oldest surviving schoolhouse building on the East End of Long Island, is indisputably the most important historic public building in the Village.

1822 Schoolhouse: History

“The people of Quagg have just completed an elegant schoolhouse (for which they paid $350).”
Letter of Jabez Foster to his brother Herman, Quagg, December 14, 1821.

“We have had a busy job, a few individuals, to build a SCHOOL HOUSE.

We got it completed and I do not hesitate to say that it is the best now in the County.”
Letter of Cephas Foster to his brother Isaac in Montrose, PA, January 11, 1822.