Weathervane Book Shop

Your one-stop bookstore for hard-to-find local history books
in all of Suffolk County!

Hours: Weds. - Sat., 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Our Weathervane Book List is now available to view! PLEASE NOTE: All book orders must be placed BY PHONE, to ensure availability and to determine cost of postage. Call 631-727-2881 x100 to place an order, Weds. - Sat., 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.

> View the Weathervane Book List (PDF)

In the Society's Weathervane Book Shop, visitors will find an expansive selection of local books spanning a variety of topics, towns, and time periods. We carry works on the Unkechaug and Shinnecock Indians, shipwrecks and whaling, Long Island's relationship with the Underground Railroad, Theodore Roosevelt's time in Montauk, and much more! Offering everything from coloring and cookbooks to genealogy guides, academic scholarship and page-turners to pictorial and narrative histories, our bookstore collection will interest readers of any age and with any passion. Those looking for the perfect gift or to simply bolster their own libraries will not be disappointed.

The Weathervane began selling books, other publications, cards, and gifts in the summer of 1973. Throughout Long Island, librarians, historians, teachers, and genealogists have come to know the Weathervane Book Shop as the best source for locally published and uncommon books on the history of Suffolk County, its people, and its communities. We are currently the only bookstore located in Riverhead and for many miles beyond!

Topics covered by the over 600 titles offered include:

American Indians on Long Island - e.g., The Unkechaug Indians of Eastern Long Island: A History by John Strong and many others
Archaeology & Material Culture
Arts, Crafts, & Occupations
- e.g., Long Island Food by T.W. Barritt, and The Long Island Seafood Cookbook by J. George Frederick and Jean Joyce
Exploring Today's Long Island
Genealogies & Genealogy Resources
Genealogy How-To's
Local & Regional History
- e.g., Arcadia Publishing's books on many Long Island communities
Literature by Local Authors - e.g., assorted works by Walt Whitman and other Long Island poets
Military & Wartime Histories - e.g., Bully! Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, the Rough Riders and Camp Wikoff - Montauk, New York, 1898, edited by Jeff Heatley, and Long Island and the Civil War by Bill Bleyer and Harrison Hunt
Natural History
Research Aids Social History- e.g., Women in Long Island's Past by Natalie Naylor, and Making a Way to Freedom: A History of African Americans on Long Island by Lynda Rose Day
Transportation - Vanderbilt Cup Races on Long Island by Howard Kroplick
Whaling & Maritime History


300 West Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901

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Wednesday - Saturday - 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Open Weds. to Sat., 12:30-4:30 pm.
An appointment is strongly recommended for all researchers and is required on Saturdays.
Call to reserve your research visit:
631-727-2881 x103
Phone: (631) 727-2881
Fax: (631) 727-3467

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