The fourth grade students of Miller Place School District’s Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School recently took an educational field trip to the Miller Place–Mt. Sinai Historical Society and participated in a walking tour of several historical sites in Miller Place. The walking tour coincides with the fourth grade social studies curriculum offered in the District as the students study the early settlers of Long Island and New York.
“Going to the Historical Society was a great opportunity for the students to be acquainted with the local history of our community,” said Superintendent of Schools Marianne Cartisano. “The Miller Place School District is continually looking to engage students in new and exciting ways that expand their understanding of classroom material.”
Students attentively listened to members of the Historical Society discuss the lifestyle for residents of Miller Place in the 17th century while they were led on a walking tour of two historical properties. Along the tour, students eagerly discovered William Miller’s house that was built in 1720, and the Daniel Hawkins house that was constructed in 1810. As the students explored the houses that are now maintained as museums, the Historical Society tour guides presented the history behind the initial settlement of Miller Place and the history of the two houses.
The Miller Place–Mt. Sinai Historical Society was founded in 1974 as an initiative to preserve the history in the Miller Place-Mount Sinai communities of Long Island. The Historical Society supervises two properties including the William Miller House and the Daniel Hawkins House.
For more information about the Miller Place School District, please visit the District’s website at www.millerplace.k12.ny.us.