Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Old Bethpage

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The Old Bethpage Village Restoration is a 209acre recreated living museum village in Old Bethpage, New York. The village opened in 1970 with dozens of historic structures that had been saved from demolition by Nassau County. Costumed actors provide demonstrations of 19th-century life. Major funding cuts by the county in the early 1990s led to reduced availability and increasing deterioration. It is the site of the annual Long Island Fair.The village came into existence in 1963, when Nassau County acquired the Powell property, a 165acre farm located on the Nassau-Suffolk border. According to notes written on the county's 1959 master plan, the site originally was planned to become the Nassau County Zoo.DescriptionThere are currently 51 preserved and seven reconstructed buildings arranged to simulate a typical mid-19th-century Long Island farming village. Only twenty of the buildings are open to the public.BuildingsThe Powell Farmhouse is the only building that was originally located at the site before it was purchased by the county. The Manetto Hill Methodist Church from Plainview was the first building moved to the site. Layton's Store sells candy while the Noon Inn is a working tavern which sells root beer and pretzels. The Schenck House is a 1730 Dutch farmhouse. The Bach Blacksmith Shop from Hicksville is used to repair and create all the ironworks used in the village.ActivitiesThere are a number of weekend events including Civil War re-enactments and holiday events, celebrating such occasions as the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving. In the winter, there are also Candlelight Evenings when the front portion of the village is open at night, and the village is decorated for a 19th-century Christmas. There are caroling and specialty snacks and cider, among other festivities. Other special events include "Sheep to Shawl" days, Hands-on-History Sundays (where children can participate in period chores), and Halloween complete with ghost tours, pumpkin carving, and a scavenger hunt. Additionally, the Long Island Fair has been held at the site since the village opened; the fair includes a series of vintage baseball games, played with the mid-19th-century rules, as well as craft sales, and demonstrations of 19th-century crafts and occupations. In recent years, there has been a small summer camp organized for local children in the village, called the Junior Apprentice Program.
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  • I can remember first going to Old Bethpage over 40 years ago through a grade school field trip, then several times over the next 4 decades as a day date with my then girlfriend, afterwards with my new...  more »
  • while it held the interest of those attending, faithful followers found too much to question. Is the point of the fair to allow guests to enjoy how things were, or what they have become ? Did the circ...  more »
  • in Nassau County. Restored county houses and other structures, like church and school, from the past century together with re-enactors gave visitors a feel how is it to live in the past without electr...  more »
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  • The December Candlelight Evenings are one of my favorite holiday activities - singing, dancing, reading, bonfires, horns, strings, popcorn, cocoa, candlelit walks down acres of quiet, unpaved roads. Santa's here too, the actual one. There's no place like this on LI, especially for families - peaceful, inexpensive and authentic, free of cars and phones and ads and excess. Learn something from the dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers that run it.
  • Came here for “I Love Chocolate Fest”. The mix between shops inside buildings and outside was nice. The first building you come to was WAY crowded. Methods of payment varied by each individual shop. Tons of food and unique shops! $15 day of entrance fee.
  • I came here for the haunted house. The village itself is absolutely stunning and the history behind it is amazing. Being there at night time gave it a very spooky vibe. The acting was great, but it was not scary. I was disappointed that they were on skits and not walk threws. The skits were creepy at best just not what I was expecting.
  • Loved it! My first time here....great place to enjoy with the family. Apple cider, storytelling and much more..,,
  • Such a blast, I highly recommend making a visit here. Great for all ages.

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