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Historical Holiday: How Yaphank Celebrated Christmas Back in the Day

Written by Ls Cohen  |  09. December 2019

In some ways we celebrated Christmas and enjoyed wintertime differently today than we did in the old days. In other ways, it’s still the same. Either way, luckily, there are photos like these from the Yaphank Historical Society to show us how Long Islanders celebrated the holidays in the past.

 

See below for some holiday themed images from the Yaphank Historical Society. Want more history of Yaphank ? Click here to check out the Yaphank Historical Society webpage.

 

Photo: Yaphank Historical Society. Used with permission.

 

William J. Weeks was known as an accomplished skater and skated on Yaphank Lake. This photo is from circa 1890.

 

Photo: Yaphank Historical Society. Used with permission.

 

William J. Weeks with his horse and sleigh on way to Wampmissic from Yaphank to check on his cord wood business.

 

Photo: Yaphank Historical Society. Used with permission.

 

The Yaphank Presbyterian Church built in 1851, was a landmark on West Main Street, but sadly, burned down in 2013.

 

Photo: Yaphank Historical Society. Used with permission.

 

In 1949, Yaphank was proud to have  a 75 foot tree from Yaphank selected for Christmas at Rockefeller Center in NYC. Click here for our story on this extravagant tree.

 

Photo: Yaphank Historical Society. Used with permission.

 

Hawkins House in snow by a local resident, Annette Pol.

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