Stony Brook Village Attractions

  • Stony Brook Grist Mill C. 1751

    Historic, Working Grist Mill

    Long Island’s most completely equipped working Grist Mill, the Stony Brook Grist Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    In earlier times the mill was the center of community life. People exchanged news and gossip as they waited for the miller to grind their grain. In the 19th century Alois Kopriva played the violin, entertaining his guests with gypsy music. Kopriva was also an advocate for women’s right to vote.

    As recently as the 1940′s, farmers still brought their wheat and corn to be ground at the mill. Miller Schaeffer ground natural wheat at the mill and shipped his “health food” to customers in 42 states.

    The Stony Brook Grist Mill is open to the public for guided tours with a miller Saturdays and Sundays, 12 – 4:30 p.m. mid-April through mid-October. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children.

  • The “Discovery” Wetlands Cruise

    Across Dock Road from the Three Village Inn, The Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s pontoon boat “Discovery” departs from the Boatworks marina. The 27-passenger vessel cruises through the organization’s 88-acre wetlands preserve for a 1 1/2 hour tour. An on-board naturalist from the Stony Brook University Marine Sciences Center describes the wildlife and flora you’ll see.  Tickets are $28 for adults, $25 for seniors 60+ and students, and $18 for children under 6.

    Cruises are scheduled according to the tide table from May through October.  To view the 2014 Discovery schedule, click here!  For more information or to schedule a cruise, call 631-751-2244 or fill out the contact form below.  Our business hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, so reservations made over the weekend will be confirmed on Monday.

    Please note that the Discovery can not accommodate wheelchairs or walkers.  We apologize for the inconvenience.



  • The Educational & Cultural Center

    Located in the historic Stony Brook Village Center, The Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s new, 8,800 square-foot Educational & Cultural Center is a year-round venue providing activities, events and educational programs to families and children. These include performing arts, music, theater and dance, WMHO Youth Corps activities and community events, outreach to local cultural and educational groups, intergenerational programs and lifelong learning opportunities.

    The facility also houses classrooms for on-site adult and youth programs, as well as distance learning programs. Through video conferencing, people of all ages will be able to experience programs in Stony Brook that are broadcast to museums, schools and other institutions across the globe and interact with instructors in real time. WMHO also features its own unique video conferencing programs in Coastal Ecology, History and Literacy.

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45 - All Souls Episcopal Church (Village Center Environs)

Main Street
Stony Brook NY 11790

Historic church designed by architect Stanford White in 1889.

(631) 751-0034   
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24 - Hercules Pavilion (Village Center Environs)

Shore Road
Stony Brook NY 11790

Figurehead from the U.S.S. Ohio, 1820; whale boat from the Charles Hall Expedition to the Arctic in 1870.

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46 - Stony Brook Grist Mill, Circa 1751 (Village Center Environs)

100 Harbor Road
Stony Brook NY 11790

Long Island's most completely equipped working grist mill and Country Store. Open for tours to the general public Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4:30pm. Open April-November. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children.

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51 - The Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages (Village Center Environs)

1208 Route 25A
Stony Brook NY 11790

History, Art and Carriage Museums on a 9-acre site.

(631) 751-0066   
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Nature Preserve

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46A - Avalon Park & Preserve (Village Center Environs)

200 Harbor Road
Stony Brook, NY 11790

Enjoy flora, fauna and nature trails through more than 70 acres! Park open to the public, dawn to dusk, free. Harbor Road off Main Street, across from the Stony Brook Grist Mill.

(631) 689-0619   
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2 - Discovery Wetlands Cruise (Village Center Environs)

Stony Brook BoatWorks, Shore Road
Stony Brook NY 11790

One and one half hour wetlands cruises aboard the 27-passenger boat guided by a naturalist. (May - Oct.)

(631) 751-2244   
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