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“I believe that old songs have things to say to the modern generation”

                                                                                                     -Jean Ritchie

Jean Ritchie (1922-2015) was an acclaimed folksinger from Kentucky. After marrying photographer George Pickow in 1950, they moved to Port Washington, New York where they lived with their two sons Jon and Peter. A musician, author, teacher, composer, actress and singer Ritchie performed at world renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York and the Royal Albert Hall in London. She has performed alongside some of the best-known names in folk music, including Pete Seeger and Doc Watson.

View of upper Main Street looking east. Remains of trolley tracks, which stopped running in 1920, can be seen.

Ernest P. Simon was a former senior editor of the Port Washington News for over 30 years until his death

Stanley Gerard Mason (1895-1975) was Port Washington’s local photographer and longtime proprietor of the Mason Studio. Mason photographed important local