Gift Shop

Bank of the River Gift Shop

The Gift Shop is known for selling a wide variety of interesting and unusual oddities along with silver, china, jewelry (antique, vintage, and collectible), linens, ephemera, books, dolls, purses and much more. Our shop is a treasure trove of mostly donated items and the constantly changing inventory regularly presents surprise bargains. We also offer a selection of new local history books, photographic prints from our Collection and note cards. Our merchandise can provide unique gifts for any occasion. 

The Society gift shop, located in the Robert & Isabella Hawkins House, is managed and operated by Kathy Schmidt. The shop is open Thursday afternoons (weather permitting) throughout the year. If the “OPEN” sign is posted outside of the Hawkins House on a Thursday, the shop is open and customers are welcome.

Thank you to our donors and customers for their continued support. All proceeds go directly towards supporting our preservation efforts.

Gift Shop Donations

Donations are accepted by appointment. Please call 631-924-3401 during shop hours or email [email protected] to discuss any donation. 

Thank you. 

Local History Books

The following books are now available at the Gift Shop. 

Images of America Series: Yaphank

by Tricia Foley & Karen Mouzakes. 

A fascinating pictorial history of the Yaphank Area from the early 1700’s to 1920’s. 

Mary Louise Booth 

by Tricia Foley 

The definitive biography of Mary Louise Booth, author, abolitionist, founding editor of Harper’s Bazar magazine. Yaphank’s most famous resident. 

The History of Camp Upton

by David Bayles & Paul Infranco 

Camp Upton

by Suzanne Johnson 

& David Clemens