The Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society

Welcome to the

Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society!

Celebrating Over 55 Years of Serving the

Farmingdale-Bethpage Community!

Check FBHS Out On Facebook !

(Click on the Blue Facebook link below)

Who We Are and What We Do

The FBHS Archives

The Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society (FBHS) preserves and archives original maps, documents, legal papers, books, and artifacts from the 1600’s to the present day and serves the geographical area which once comprised The Bethpage Purchase .

Researchers interested in perusing our collection may do so by arranged appointment only, by calling our President, Lorraine Stanton @ (516) 249-1635 during normal business hours of 9 am – 5 pm, Monday-Friday during the months of September through May.

Below is a sample artifact from the FBHS Archives:

Want to learn about the above Bethpage Purchase Map artifact?

Watch two brief historical videos about the Bethpage Purchase by clicking on the below images!

From Newsday
“Farmingdale historian William Johnston talks about the origins of the village”

Upcoming Events

Come and see our current Archives Display on the Lower Level of the Farmingdale Public Library. Scroll down to our “Featured Display” section for further details.



Stay well.

We enjoy serving you hot coffee & cookies, compliments of the Farmingdale – Bethpage Historical Society’s Board of Trustees post events.

Yummy cookies await!

Please note: ALL upcoming FBHS events have been cancelled until further notice. Stay Well.

See our FBHS Event Calendar by clicking on the calendar below!


Please note: ALL upcoming FBHS events have been cancelled until further notice. Stay Well.

Light refreshments provided after the presentation.

Farmingdale Village Hall – 361 Main Street, Farmingdale, NY

Become a Member!

Love history and want to get involved? We have dynamic programming throughout the year! Come and see what we are all about at our next event! You may access our Newsletters and our Membership Application by scrolling down to the FBHS History & Membership Application section.

FBHS Fast Fun Facts:

The Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society (FBHS), established in 1964, serves the geographical area which once comprised The Bethpage Purchase. The Bethpage Purchase was a 1687 land transaction in which Thomas PowellSr, bought more than 15 square miles in central Long IslandNew York, for £140 (English pounds sterling, which would be worth $32,942.44 in US dollars today!) from local Indian tribes, including the Marsapeque, Matinecoc, and Sacatogue. This land, which includes present day BethpageEast FarmingdaleFarmingdale, OldBethpagePlainedgePlainviewSouth Farmingdale, and part of Melville, is approximately 3.5 miles east to west and 5 miles north to south, covering land on both sides of the present-day border between both Nassau & Suffolk counties.

(Above Excerpt Taken from: )

Map of Bethpage
Map of Farmingdale Village

Featured Display

The Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society proudly displays artifacts from its collection regularly. Please come and visit our current display on the Lower Level of the Farmingdale Public Library on Merritts Road in Farmingdale!

Current Exhibit: Farmingdale Fire Departments

Upcoming Exhibit: Wait and See!


Want to become a MEMBER?

Great! Click on the images below for more information!

FBHS History & Membership Application

Click the Below Images to View & Print

About the Bethpage Black Golf Course…

Community Links

FBHS Chamber of Commerce Listing
Village of Farmingdale
Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce Homepage
Nassau County Historical Society

Farmingdale Public Library

Bethpage Historical Collection

Our Facebook Page
Bethpage Library

NY Heritage
Digital Collection
Bethpage Golf Course
Library of Congress
Veterans History Project
NYS Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Listing

Gazing at the Gazebo in Downtown Farmingdale

Contact Information

Send Us a Message

The Yeoman: The FBHS Newsletter

January-February 2020 Newsletter

November-December 2019 Newsletter

September-October 2019 Newsletter

July-August 2019 Newsletter

May-June 2019 Newsletter

In Memoriam

Eric W. Goldschrafe

Former FBHS President

Mr. Eric Goldschrafe of North Babylon, formerly of Farmingdale, passed away on November 4, 2019. Proud Navy Vietnam Veteran. Past President of the Farmingdale- Bethpage Historical Society. Thank you, Eric W. Goldschrafe, for your service to your country and your community.

Board of Directors:

President – Lorraine Stanton

Vice President – Nancy White

Treasurer – Judy Jaffee

Rec. Sec. – Joann Krapp

Corr. Sec. – Madeleine Bondietti

Hosp. Chair – Joanne Bihary

Editor – Frank Bondietti

Membership – Nancy White

Publicity – Judy Jaffee

Board Trustees:

Serena Brochu

Joseph Carosella

Pat Christiansen

Theodore Dorfmeister

Denise Russo

Lorraine Tempia

Contact the Webmaster:

Trustee-Denise Russo:

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