The Port Jefferson village Recreation Department, the Cumsewogue Historical Society and the Port Jefferson Harbor Education and Arts Conservancy have sponsored a exhibit titled “Cumsewogue: A Photographic Journey” now on view at the .
"That's not a spelling error," said Ken Brady, Port Jefferson village historian. "To make things confusing, however, it's the Comsewogue Public Library and Comsewogue School District."
The region also used to be known as Cumsewogue when it was “a sparsely populated, largely agricultural community.”
The Cumsewogue exhibit features over 120 large photos from the Port Jefferson Station and Terryville areas from when they were both known as Cumsewogue.
“Images of a turkey farm, cauliflower fields, a dairy, E. H. Rogers Feed and Grain Store, a Grange Hall, French and Paterson’s Farmers’ Supply Store, greenhouses, Cedarwold Farm, and Chereb’s Fruit Market demonstrate the agrarian roots of the area,” said Brady in a statement.
The exhibit is arranged around major topics like agriculture, industry, food, lodging, people and more.
The photos are from the collections of various organizations and individuals inclusing Audrey Agnew, Kenneth Brady, Louise Brett, Peter Busacca, Buttercup Dairy, the Brookhaven Town Historian, Jane Carter, Billy Chereb, the Comsewogue Public Library, the Cumsewogue Historical Society, Walter DeHart, G & B Collision, Andrew Gladysz, Joel Hull, Thomas Hummel, John King, Michael Lee, Michael Malkmes, and James McNamara.
Brady enhanced, printed and catalogued all of the images for Port Jefferson village’s digital archive. Brady is spearheading a photo preservation project through his work as Port Jefferson village historian.
To supplement the Cumsewogue exhibit other photos were posted on the village’s website in the history section. To see them search the digital archive for either Port Jefferson Station or Terryville.
The Port Jefferson Village Center is located at 101A East Broadway and is open seven days a week, except holidays, from 9 am to 9 pm. Admission is free. Call (631) 802-2165 for additional information.