Testaments to Huntington's history are scattered all around the town, many of them dating from the Revolutionary War. When George Washington's forces were defeated in the Battle of Brooklyn, the British took Huntington and much of the rest of Long Island, although this was not the end of Huntington's story. Nathan Hale was captured near Huntington and a monument to him stands in the town today. The people of Huntington resisted British occupation, with Jacob Sammis a prime example: He hid gunpowder for American troops in his barn before and during occupation. "The Arsenal," as it came to be called, is now a museum.
Heckscher Museum of A
Huntington may be a small city, but it has a big arts presence in the Heckscher Museum of Art. The museum has been open since 1920, even showing its collection during the Great Depression. The museum has a number of rotating exhibits, so there is always something new to see whenever you visit. As part of its mission to bring the arts to all in Huntington the museum puts on a number of educational programs, many of which are designed to show local students the wonder of the arts. Classes and lectures for the adult population are also provided by the museum.
Caumsett State Histor
Just beyond the bay sits Caumsett Park, providing scenic views of the ocean and a natural sanctuary to the people of Huntington. The park covers 1,750 acres of excitingly variegated land, from woodland and meadows to rocky shores and marshland. The park's size allows it to offer many different forms of recreation, including horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and even scuba diving. The park was originally the estate of Marshall Field III, who built the park, the sports fields within the park, and also a number of gardens also within the park. Eventually, the state acquired the land, turning it into a park.