Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 17 August 2012 00:00
My journey toward the 60th anniversary edition of the Mineola American took me back in time again last week, when I had to stop by a small, unassuming building on Westbury Avenue. At first glance it looks like a typical house, but once inside, hidden treasures from the village’s past remain preserved for everyone who’s interested.
If you live in Mineola or have lived here, you need to stop by the Mineola Historical Society and take a gander at the history that lives near Wilson Park. Did you know a former resident many moons ago claimed to be one of the five men to carry out Abraham Lincoln’s body after he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth? Or that the village called its helmsman the “president” before the they renamed the position “mayor.”
Even if you answered yes, you should still stop by. It’s open from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.