Dobbs Ferry Historical Society

Dobbs Ferry Historical Society visit our website at: www.DobbsFerryHistory.org The Dobbs Ferry Historical Society serves the community by: • collecting and preserving public and private documents as well as formal and informal correspondence which have been used by past generations and which typify and illustrate their way of life. • making available historical publications, books, paintings, artifacts, and maps relating to the history of Dobbs Ferry. • filming and recording oral histories of present citizens to preserve their stories for future generations. • publishing books, pamphlets and the newsletter, The Ferryman. • fostering an awareness and appreciation for the history of Dobbs Ferry and all the people, noted and humble, who transmitted the good things of the past to the present and the future.
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Mission: Our mission is to preserve and present the history of the people and the institutions that make up the Village of Dobbs Ferry, New York.

Operating as usual

Wasn’t that flag a clue in the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society RTF Scavenger Hunt? Last day for the hunt… Go to dobbsferr...
10/25/2020

Wasn’t that flag a clue in the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society RTF Scavenger Hunt?
Last day for the hunt… Go to dobbsferryhistory.org

Movies are again playing…. to small, distanced, masked audiences….An Embassy Theatre advertisement listing movies and ti...
10/24/2020

Movies are again playing…. to small, distanced, masked audiences….

An Embassy Theatre advertisement listing movies and times in the October 10, 1940 Irvington Gazette. The theater was located at the site of today’s Stolen Moments.

In mailboxes today...#dobbsferryhistoricalsociety #dobbsferryhistory #dobbsferry #localhistory #rivertowns #roadtofreedo...
10/22/2020

In mailboxes today...

#dobbsferryhistoricalsociety #dobbsferryhistory #dobbsferry #localhistory #rivertowns #roadtofreedom #newsletter

Dobbs Ferry Historical Society - Road To Freedom 2020 virtual Event....Tomorrow October 18, 2020 4 p.m.
10/17/2020

Dobbs Ferry Historical Society - Road To Freedom 2020 virtual Event....Tomorrow October 18, 2020 4 p.m.

The hunt continues… check it out @dobbsferryhistory.org
10/15/2020

The hunt continues… check it out @dobbsferryhistory.org

They have their clues to the RFF do -it-yourself scavenger hunt….Get yours at dobbsferryhistory.org.
10/14/2020

They have their clues to the RFF do -it-yourself scavenger hunt….
Get yours at dobbsferryhistory.org.

Spotlight on past RTF events...For many years at our Road to Freedom events, including here in 2016, Eliza Vincz captiva...
10/13/2020

Spotlight on past RTF events...
For many years at our Road to Freedom events, including here in 2016, Eliza Vincz captivated us with her demonstration of the elaborate dress, makeup and hair styling of the colonial lady.
In 2018 and 2019 colonial cook Dawn Elliott demonstrated cooking on an officer’s brazier using seasonal ingredients and herbs from the Mead House garden.

Spotlight on Past RTF... The Hearts of Oak independent militia company formed at King’s College in 1775 following the ba...
10/10/2020

Spotlight on Past RTF...
The Hearts of Oak independent militia company formed at King’s College in 1775 following the battles of Lexington and Concord. In 2018 they marched in their stunning green uniforms and told us of the contributions of their most famous member, Alexander Hamilton.

Be revolutionary... join the Road to Freedom do-it-yourself scavenger hunt. Go to dobbsferryhistory.orgShout out to all ...
10/05/2020

Be revolutionary... join the Road to Freedom do-it-yourself scavenger hunt.
Go to dobbsferryhistory.org
Shout out to all on Historical Society's FB & Insta

Join Us...
10/04/2020

Join Us...

Upcoming Events...
10/04/2020

Upcoming Events...

This year the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society’s 15th annual Road to Freedom will be a virtual celebration, featuring a do...
10/01/2020

This year the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society’s 15th annual Road to Freedom will be a virtual celebration, featuring a do -it -yourself scavenger hunt spotlighting local landmarks and artifacts that highlight the importance of the village during the American Revolution.
The event, which runs beginning today, Oct.1 through October 15, features 16 clues spread throughout the village and promises to deliver local history with hometown pride.
Designed for these social distancing, contactless times, the hunt was created with families in mind. (But it can be done on one’s own).
There are no time restraints and no winners are declared. If you can’t locate a clue- move on to the next one. Don’t be discouraged. There is no pressure.
To participate go to dobbsferryhistory.org and download the instructions and clues.
All participants will be acknowledged on the Historical Society’s social media sites (with permission, of course).
Happy hunting… and enjoy…

Dobbs Ferry Historical Society's cover photo
09/22/2020

Dobbs Ferry Historical Society's cover photo

Mark Your Calenders
09/12/2020

Mark Your Calenders

Never Forget...
09/11/2020

Never Forget...

School’s open…The 1909 McKinley Free Kindergarten class occupied space upstairs of the then Library at 153 Main Street. ...
09/08/2020

School’s open…

The 1909 McKinley Free Kindergarten class occupied space upstairs of the then Library at 153 Main Street.

The second grade class of 1913 sitting at desks with hands folded.

Mrs. Rudin’s 1957 fifth grade class.

Two estates owned by brothers, T. S. and John William Cooper occupied the land of today’s high school campus on Broadway. John William’s mansion (pictured) was located where the present high school is today.

07/23/2020
Gould Park Baseball

Baseball is back…
And as popular as it was at Gould Park in the 1930s (minus the crowds).

Happy Birthday, America!Posing at Palavista.The stone mansion built in 1865, the home of Dobbs Ferry President D. Ogden ...
07/04/2020

Happy Birthday, America!

Posing at Palavista.

The stone mansion built in 1865, the home of Dobbs Ferry President D. Ogden Bradley stood where Memorial Park on Palisade Street is today.

Photo courtesy Iowa Women’s Archives

Far out… “Bill Graham and the Rock and Roll Revolution” via Zoom…Come join the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society Sunday, Ju...
06/09/2020

Far out… “Bill Graham and the Rock and Roll Revolution” via Zoom…

Come join the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society Sunday, June 14, at 4 p.m. (EST) as it shares the New York Historical Society’s tribute to one of the most influential concert promoters of all time, Bill Graham.

Come explore the life and times of Graham who worked with some of the biggest names in rock music including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, and launched many a luminaries’ career from his Filmore Auditorium in San Francisco and the Filmore East in New York City.

The Zoom lecture program is free, but registration is required.

RSVP with name and email address to [email protected] for login and password information

Peace…

Remembering D-DayAllied troops landed on Normandy Beach, 76 years ago- June 6, 1944.Sgt Salvatore Pisani (121st Engineer...
06/06/2020

Remembering D-Day

Allied troops landed on Normandy Beach, 76 years ago- June 6, 1944.

Sgt Salvatore Pisani (121st Engineers) was part of the invasion.

Pisani was in the battle of St. Lo and was at Brest France where he was wounded. Pisani was flown to England suffering severe back injuries and he remained there until well enough to join his unit now stationed in Germany. He was again wounded, an exploding land mine severely burned his face and blinded him, while fighting there. He partially recovered his eyesight.

Pisani would go on work for the DF Recreation Dept. where generations of kids would fondly know him as “Tootie”.

No need to suit up on this Global Running Day….Just go for it...Here the 1967 DFHS Cross Country team poses for the obli...
06/03/2020

No need to suit up on this Global Running Day….

Just go for it...

Here the 1967 DFHS Cross Country team poses for the obligatory Periauger photo.

For the first time in Dobbs Cross Country history, the runners had a winning season.

Putting faces to names….Memorial Day is a time of honoring military personnel who died while serving their country. Our ...
05/25/2020

Putting faces to names….

Memorial Day is a time of honoring military personnel who died while serving their country. Our small village always produces men and women who volunteer to serve their country, with some even paying the ultimate price.

A monument in Memorial Park on Palisade Street stands in their honor.

In addition to a photo of the monument, included here are photos of some of the Dobbs Ferry service men who lost their lives while serving in the Pacific and European theatres of WW II.

Signs of the Times…Covid-19 has changed life as we know it. New rules are in place and adhering to them is extremely imp...
05/23/2020

Signs of the Times…

Covid-19 has changed life as we know it. New rules are in place and adhering to them is extremely important. The Dobbs Ferry Historical Society deems it vital to document the impact that the pandemic has had on the village and its residents and to preserve it for future generations.

We welcome contributions of memories and reflections of the times in any format: print, audio, video, photographs, by anyone with a connection to Dobbs Ferry.

There are no deadline or word count rules and submissions grant the Society permission to use the material moving forward.

For submission guidelines, go to our website at http://dobbsferryhistory.org.

May 15 is Police Officers Memorial DayWilliam Boyle is the only Dobbs Ferry Police officer to die in the line of duty. B...
05/15/2020

May 15 is Police Officers Memorial Day

William Boyle is the only Dobbs Ferry Police officer to die in the line of duty. Boyle, who joined the department in 1881 at age 24, died in 1898, at age 41. He was killed as he unknowingly picked up a live wire from the sidewalk on Chestnut Street.

Boyle emigrated from Ireland in 1857, and married Dobbs Ferry resident Margaret Kerwin. They lived on Palisade Street where they raised their family.

A Memorial plague dedicated to Boyle hangs in the lobby of Village Hall

Police Officers Memorial Day was signed into law in 1961 by President JFK.

Celebrating The Mead HouseClara Mead left her family home to the Society in 1991. Over the years the 1855 house has gone...
05/14/2020

Celebrating The Mead House

Clara Mead left her family home to the Society in 1991. Over the years the 1855 house has gone through some structural and decorating renovations.

Wallpaper created by Dobbs Ferry artist, Joanna Rock was created by carving the design into linoleum blocks and then transferring it to the strips of paper done in colors that complement the house’s exterior.

Clara Mead’s handmade ceramic pottery fills the shelves.

Happy Mother’s Day!Isabella Thornton Niven (1873-1946), mother of Pulitzer Prize winning author, Thornton Wilder, lived ...
05/10/2020

Happy Mother’s Day!

Isabella Thornton Niven (1873-1946), mother of Pulitzer Prize winning author, Thornton Wilder, lived in Dobbs Ferry until her marriage at age 21. Her father, Rev Thornton Niven, was minister of South Presbyterian Church. Isabella attended the Misses Masters School where she studied languages, art, piano and published poetry in the school newspaper.

It’s National Teachers Appreciation Day…Dobbs Ferry teachers have always played a vital role for both students and the c...
05/05/2020

It’s National Teachers Appreciation Day…

Dobbs Ferry teachers have always played a vital role for both students and the community at large.
Each year the high school yearbook has included faculty sections devoted to high/middle school teachers. Several graduating classes have even chosen to dedicate the yearbook to specific teachers, be it for leaving after a long and successful career or because they were senior class advisors.
Here are photos of some of the extraordinary teachers who chose to dedicate their expertise to Dobbs Ferry.
Do you remember your favorite teacher(s)? Tell us.

While our "Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution" June event has been cancelled to help contain the spread of COVID...
04/26/2020

While our "Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution" June event has been cancelled to help contain the spread of COVID-19, the New York Historical Society is offering this, and other virtual programs on its website. Click the link for more info.
https://www.nyhistory.org/group-presentations.

The Dobbs Ferry Historical is saddened by the loss of our Treasurer and esteemed member, Bruce Platt, to Covid-19 on Apr...
04/14/2020

The Dobbs Ferry Historical is saddened by the loss of our Treasurer and esteemed member, Bruce Platt, to Covid-19 on April 13.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his beloved wife, Linda Jo, and family.
Here, in happier times, Bruce takes part in the Society’s 2019 Road to Freedom walk.
Bruce will be missed.

Dobbs Ferry Historical Society's cover photo
04/07/2020

Dobbs Ferry Historical Society's cover photo

Washington Irving was born on April 3, 1783.Irving served as a vestryman at Zion Church in the village from 1837-1843 an...
04/03/2020

Washington Irving was born on April 3, 1783.
Irving served as a vestryman at Zion Church in the village from 1837-1843 and served on the Diocesean Conventions throughout his tenure there.
Irving’s nephew Oscar was instrumental in the church’s 1833 formation.

Address

12 Elm St
Dobbs Ferry, NY
10522

General information

Archives are open on Tuesday mornings from 10 am until noon and at other times by appointment. The Society is governed by a Board of Trustees elected at the annual meeting by those residents of Dobbs Ferry who have joined the Society.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00

Telephone

(914) 674-1007

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This is B. Frank Springsteel, a Charter Member of the Resolute Hook & Ladder Co., c.1917. Any family info available? I have this photo and also a {tintype?] of a young female child named Schuyler Springsteel. Any info?
An old picture I had of the Pickwick.
A loss for us all. Our thoughts are with you and your family, Linda Jo.
*Help Support the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery Memorial Campaign* The Descendants of Sailors’ Snug Harbor Mariners have been reaching out to the Greater New York City Metro Area Heritage (Historical and Genealogical) Societies, Museums, Military Veterans Groups, and Concerned Citizens, to invite them to join a Letters of Support Campaign to support their efforts to gain access to the old Sailors’ Snug Harbor Cemetery on Staten Island to honor their Ancestors, and all of the 6,500 Merchant and Naval Mariners interred there (1834-1976), by installing a Memorial Monument (Obelisk) and holding an annual Memorial Service. Sadly, the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery is devoid of gravestones or markers, except for 15 remaining gravestones. The Cemetery is closed and not open to the public. The Board of Trustees of Sailors' Snug Harbor have rejected the Descendants' requests to access the SSH Cemetery to honor their Ancestors. The Descendants are collecting Letters of Support to persuade the Trustees of Sailors’ Snug Harbor to change their decision. For more information and Support Letter Writing Instructions, use the following link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sZv5VFLNWw0HA-pW2i33RhbgVFQ6oExx
Celebrate National Library Week as well as the fifteenth anniversary of the Colonel Brown Brown Bag Book Group, we will have a special lecture about our town father, Franklin Q. Brown, or Colonel Brown as he was known, and how he and his wife, Ida made their mark on Dobbs Ferry in the Gilded Age. A descendant of Colonel Brown will be a special guest. The speaker is Walter Schwartz, former Ardsley Historian . The event is sponsored by The Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Library, Dobbs Ferry Historical Society and The Westchester County Historical Society Book for Sale: Westchester County: A History with a portion of the proceeds to go to the Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Library.
Help. I am wondering if this View could be from Dobbs Ferry. It was painted in 1920. I am trying to find out what the industry was. It looks like the sloops were there to load cargo. Thanks for any help you can provide. The Palisades are across the Hudson. I Posted your announcement on my page Hudson River Valley Art & History. Have fun - Rob Doyle.
On Sunday, October 14th 2:00 PM, at the Dobbs Ferry Pubic Library, please join our Dobbs Ferry village historian, Richard Borkow, and trustee, for a history talk on "World War One and The Villards of Dobbs Ferry" scheduled Sunday, October 14th at 2:00 PM. War trench cake, hot herbal chickory tea, and coffee refreshments provided by the Hudson River Patriots Chapter, NSDAR in memory of the Keskeskick Chapter, NSDAR, organized in 1895 (Yonkers, NY) around WWI.
Hi, I have a question. I was visiting the bldg. at 87 Livingston Manor in DF recently and noticed a gated underground structure. It curves to the right, under a hill opposite the bldg. My contact inside told me it was a former beer storage cellar and might become a restaurant or something, possibly. Can anyone tell me anything about this? Can we inspect it somehow? Thanks!
I am looking for a researcher in the area that can check property records in the 1800's. Any recommendations?
Please post information about the "Unsung Heroes of Dobbs Ferry" exhibit. I'm sure we'd all like to know more. Thanks!
THE HIDDEN FIGURES OF HASTINGS: In the late1800s, the Harvard College Observatory employed women as “computers” to study images of the stars captured by the observatory’s telescopes. Hastings’ Anna Palmer Draper (pictured left) funded these pioneering studies, to carry on the work of her late husband Dr. Henry Draper. Their niece, Antonia Maury (r), developed a classification system that distinguishes between giant and dwarf stars, and became the first woman to be an author of the Annals of the Astronomical Observatory of Harvard College. Bestselling author Dava Sobel tells their story in “The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars.” Meet Dava Sobel for a lecture, book signing and reception, Sunday, Oct. 1. Hastings Library, 2 - 4 pm, 7 Maple Street. Presented by the Hastings Arts Commission and Hastings Historical Society.
I am looking for information on the burial of a woman in Dobbs Ferry in 1927-28. Any suggestions on where to research this? Thanks!