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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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  • 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 »
  • I went to Old Bethpage Village Restoration on Decoration Day. “A remembrance for those Who Have Fallen for Our Nation.” With a Parade and a Brass Band, it was the perfect place to be on Memorial Day W...  more »
  • We went for one of the special days. There was a blacksmith, cooking demonstration, a band playing in the gazebo and contra dancing. The kids had fun trying out things. The farm and the animals were a...  more »
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  • Nice experience. However, there is inadequate amount of seating in general and improper seating distance to safely & sufficiently accommodate elderly patrons.
  • the root bear tasted like tooth paste but the village was good i learned alot!!
  • Two trips are a must, once Spring - Fall and the second in December for Candlelight week, the Museum of American Armor is next door also a worthwhile visit.
  • Incredible visit into our Historic past here on Long Island. Certainly a must visit.
  • I hope to make it back again soon. Been here numerous times with school and on our own.

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