04/27/15 8:00am
04/27/2015 8:00 AM
George Cork Maul, a Southold Town 375th Anniversary Committee member, in front of a mile markers along Main Road in Peconic. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

George Cork Maul, a Southold Town 375th Anniversary Committee member, in front of a mile markers along Main Road in Peconic. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

There were a lot of things Benjamin Franklin accomplished in his life.

The Founding Father invented bifocal lenses and the lightning rod, was a successful newspaper printer, served as America’s diplomat to Paris during the Revolutionary War and signed both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

But one thing he did not do, local historians now say, was place mile markers along Southold Town’s Main Road.  (more…)

06/19/14 9:02am
06/19/2014 9:02 AM
The Tercentenary parade winds its way through a packed downtown Southold in 1940.  At center is the feather-covered float of the 'Old Crows.' (Credit: Southold Historical Society Courtesy Photo)

The Tercentenary parade winds its way through a packed downtown Southold in 1940. At center is the feather-covered float of the ‘Old Crows.’ (Credit: Southold Historical Society Courtesy Photo)

Southold Town Historic Preservation Commission chairman Jim Grathwohl called the historians of Southampton Town “colleagues and competitors” during a Southold Town Board work session Tuesday.

When he learned of the comment a few hours later, Southampton Town historian Zach Studenroth laughed, calling the remark “accurate.”

“We have a friendly rivalry,” he said.

Historians from the two towns even tease each other about which was founded first.

But when it comes to planning next year’s celebrations for the 375th anniversaries of Long Island’s two oldest towns, Southold historians freely admit that, this time around, Southampton is way ahead of them.  (more…)