Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association

Our new exhibit “Broadway in Greenlawn”, A Walk Down Memory Lane is now up at the Harborfields Public Library. The exhibit can be found in the study room, which is located across from the reference desk. It will be up throughout the summer. We invite everyone to see it. 

The area, originally known as Oldfields, was settled in the early 1800’s by farmers. The extension of the Long Island Railroad through the farmlands in 1867-1868, provided the impetus for the development of a profitable pickle and cabbage industry, as well as the growth of the community and many new year-round residents. The little community that grew around the depot developed its own identity and changed its name to Greenlawn. Today, houses cover the old farmlands and yet Greenlawn, with one main street of small shops, a railroad crossing that halts traffic throughout the day and many historical buildings, still retains its small-town charm.

(Adapted from Greenlawn: A Long Island Hamlet, Dougher, Louise and Carol Bloomgarden. Clarleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2000)

Our Mission

The GCHA is a non-profit membership organization with a mission to research, collect, record and preserve the history of the communities of Greenlawn and Centerport, Long Island, New York.

Upcoming Events

Title Time and Date
Pickle Festival '14 09/20/2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm


  • Upcoming Events - Save the Date!

    SUMMER 2014 Our new exhibit “Broadway in Greenlawn”, A Walk Down Memory Lane. A fascinating panorama featuring then and now photos of Broadway in Greenlawn at the Harborfields Public Library.

    ANNUAL PICKLE FESTIVAL Saturday, September 20, 2014, 10am-4pm at the John Gardiner Farm

    HOLIDAY PARTY Saturday, December 6, 2014, 3-5pm at the John Gardiner Barn

    ANNUAL ANTIQUES SHOW February 28 2015, 10am-5pm and March 1, 2015, 11am-5pm at Harborfields High School