Wappingers Historical Society

Wappingers Historical Society Wappingers Historical Society ~ Preserving and Promoting the History of the Town of Wappinger, Village of Wappingers Falls & Neighboring Communities. www.wappingershistoricalsociety.org
The Wappingers Historical Society was created in 1967, when John Ferris, a fourth generation local resident, realized that much of the Village's history was being discarded or given away. Many items were being taken out of the area as older residents cleaned out the homes they had lived in for many years. In April of 1967, Mr. Ferris gathered a few of the Village's long-time residents to see if there was enough interest to form a historical society. So, with the positive response, a small group of about ten members formed the Wappingers Historical Society. It remains an active group today.
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I tried to buy this for our archives. But did not succeed. But we can enjoy the image anyway!
06/09/2020

I tried to buy this for our archives. But did not succeed. But we can enjoy the image anyway!

Goring Hall Building, Wappingers Falls NY c1870s.

This photograph that measures just 2" x 1" was produced in the 1870s, soon after Goring Hall was constructed. Goring had his pharmacy in the left store front, above him was the C.D Ganse Dentist Office, the basement office on the right was a cigar store with the store front above becoming the post office in years later. Sadly, the building no longer stands. The wall shown on the left side of the building collapsed in 2012 and the building was razed.

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Hudson Valley Revisited
05/12/2020

Hudson Valley Revisited

Birdseye View of Dutchess Print Works, Wappingers Falls, NY c1906. A great view showing the entire Dutchess Bleachery Complex, Market Street at the top left corner, and the Garner Fire House Tower just above the right chimney.

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Great view of the Bleachery !
05/11/2020

Great view of the Bleachery !

Birdseye View of Dutchess Print Works, Wappingers Falls, NY c1906. A great view showing the entire Dutchess Bleachery Complex, Market Street at the top left corner, and the Garner Fire House Tower just above the right chimney.

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Documenting COVID-19 in Dutchess County, NY
05/02/2020
Documenting COVID-19 in Dutchess County, NY

Documenting COVID-19 in Dutchess County, NY

We are unquestionably living in a historical moment that will be of interest to future generations. As many historians know, eyewitness records of events are the most valuable and also the rarest type of source material. Now is a chance to record your experiences, thoughts, and feelings for future g...

Now is your chance to be a history-maker, here in Dutchess County. Insure that your experiences, thoughts and feelings a...
05/01/2020
Documenting COVID-19 in Dutchess County, NY

Now is your chance to be a history-maker, here in Dutchess County. Insure that your experiences, thoughts and feelings about what has been going on during these past months dealing with COVID-19 is preserved for future generations. What would you want someone to know about the 2020 pandemic; are there any “silver linings” among the hardships; what has changed in your community since the outbreak? Please consider filling out this survey which has been developed by the our Dutchess County Historian. The intent is that future generations will be able to refer to it to get a realistic impression of our daily life during the pandemic, and be able to use this information as a resource if it is ever needed for a future crisis. Thank you in advance for your input.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeYMO2m3vyRgmFukGU59OaAEKSh0yoUavimMUNerZLnuhDUxA/viewform?fbclid=IwAR1HBaZIp2c0aX1K-iD3OPtV1ZcC7sPiDQcSCYLr81bm

We are unquestionably living in a historical moment that will be of interest to future generations. As many historians know, eyewitness records of events are the most valuable and also the rarest type of source material. Now is a chance to record your experiences, thoughts, and feelings for future g...

A special day in history...
04/30/2020
Revolutionary War and Beyond

A special day in history...

On this day in history, April 30, 1789, George Washington is inaugurated the first President of the United States. Washington was informed by Congress on April 14th that he was unanimously elected as the first president. Two days later he left for New York City, the first seat of the US government. As he traveled, he was greeted in each city along with the way by cheering crowds, the tolls of church bells and flowers thrown by grateful admirers. https://www.revolutionary-war-and-beyond.com/george-washington-inaugurated-first-president.html

Wappingers Historical Society
04/25/2020

Wappingers Historical Society

Are you looking for a fun activity during this “stay at home” time? Do you want to challenge your knowledge of the history of our area? Then check out our Spring 2020 Historical Wappingers Area crossword puzzle!

The puzzle can be found at the BOTTOM of our website’s Research Articles and Information page, https://wappingershistoricalsociety.org/research-articles-and-information Scroll down to the last article -- you’ll be able to print both the puzzle and answer sheet – no peeking! Many thanks to Eileen Stickle for this great puzzle!

While you’re visiting our website, be sure to check out our photo galleries, articles, and the current and past issues of our quarterly newsletter, The Homestead Chronicle. And if the hometown spirit moves you, please consider becoming a member of our organization. Your support via membership and donations allows us to collect and share all of this great information – we’d love for you to join us!

Are you looking for a fun activity during this “stay at home” time?  Do you want to challenge your knowledge of the hist...
04/24/2020

Are you looking for a fun activity during this “stay at home” time? Do you want to challenge your knowledge of the history of our area? Then check out our Spring 2020 Historical Wappingers Area crossword puzzle!

The puzzle can be found at the BOTTOM of our website’s Research Articles and Information page, https://wappingershistoricalsociety.org/research-articles-and-information Scroll down to the last article -- you’ll be able to print both the puzzle and answer sheet – no peeking! Many thanks to Eileen Stickle for this great puzzle!

While you’re visiting our website, be sure to check out our photo galleries, articles, and the current and past issues of our quarterly newsletter, The Homestead Chronicle. And if the hometown spirit moves you, please consider becoming a member of our organization. Your support via membership and donations allows us to collect and share all of this great information – we’d love for you to join us!

03/28/2020
Artistic Aerials Photography

Did you know?

This local quarry was a request from a few people recently, very large place and took quite a bit to cover whole area!

03/27/2020
Artistic Aerials Photography

Stoneco also known as Trap Rock or Tilcon. Read the attached article written by a member of the Society.

https://caa7efe1-523a-4e10-a110-9fa729058628.filesusr.com/ugd/82c746_f395211424334411b822972bf204ce9f.pdf

Thank you Artistic Aerials Photography!

This local quarry was a request from a few people recently, very large place and took quite a bit to cover whole area!

03/25/2020
Artistic Aerials Photography

From the Bleachery now Market Street Industrial Park, to the Hudson!
Did you know ships used to bring supplies all the way to the Bleachery at one time.
Great job Artistic Aerials!

Travels along the Wappinger creek!

03/17/2020
Historically Speaking with Town Historian Joey Cavaccini: Mesier Homestead

Thank you, Joey Cavaccini, WHS Trustee and Town of Wappinger Historian, for visiting the Mesier Homestead recently and filming some of the interior rooms of the Homestead as part of the “Historically Speaking” video series, which can be seen on the Town of Wappinger YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDZbrzXUaJE

Get a sneak peek at some of the highlights of our tour, on which we share with you Revolutionary War history of the 1741 Mesier Homestead, from both a Patriot and Loyalist perspective. By exploring the rooms of the later generations of the Mesier family, you’ll discover that the Homestead is a place where you can step back in time to the Victorian era, right here in the village of Wappingers Falls!

When it is prudent to do so, we will resume our tour schedule. In the meantime, enjoy the video and please make plans to visit us in the, hopefully, near future!

Historically Speaking with Town Historian Joey Cavaccini: Mesier Homestead

Due to the current health situation in regards to Coronavirus/ COVID-19, we are erring on the side of caution and cancel...
03/13/2020
Wappinger | Wappingers Historical Society | History

Due to the current health situation in regards to Coronavirus/ COVID-19, we are erring on the side of caution and cancelling our March tour day, originally scheduled for March 15. Our first priority is the safety of our volunteers and visitors. Thank you for understanding our decision and for your continued support.

Please visit our website at www.wappingershistoricalsociety.org for the latest tour information, along with lots of great information about the 1741 Mesier Homestead, and the history of the village of Wappingers Falls, the Town of Wappinger, and its surrounding hamlets.

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02/13/2020

Wappingers Historical Society's cover photo

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01/08/2020

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Have you seen the beautiful decorations in the Mesier Homestead yet? The last chance to visit this holiday season is Wed...
12/18/2019

Have you seen the beautiful decorations in the Mesier Homestead yet? The last chance to visit this holiday season is Wednesday 12/18 & Thursday 12/19 -- open from 11a-1pm both days and Thursday evening from 6p-8pm. Free admission - come on by!

Due to the inclement weather, today's holiday Open House has been cancelled.  We will be open tomorrow from 11a-1p, and ...
12/17/2019

Due to the inclement weather, today's holiday Open House has been cancelled. We will be open tomorrow from 11a-1p, and Thursday (12/19) from 11a-1p and 6p-8p -- come by to see the beautifully decorated Homestead!

The Mesier Homestead is all dressed up for the holidays!  Come visit us this week or next....we're open Tuesday, Wednesd...
12/11/2019

The Mesier Homestead is all dressed up for the holidays! Come visit us this week or next....we're open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday though 12/19, from 11am-1pm and Thursday evenings, 12/12 & 12/19 from 6pm-8pm.

Come see us . We are all set for the holidays.
12/02/2019

Come see us . We are all set for the holidays.

Wappingers Historical Society's cover photo
12/02/2019

Wappingers Historical Society's cover photo

Happy Thanksgiving from the Wappingers Historical Society!  We are thankful for you, our volunteers, members, friends, d...
11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving from the Wappingers Historical Society! We are thankful for you, our volunteers, members, friends, donors and sponsors. Your support allows us to share the history of our beautiful village and town!

Our elves were busy yesterday decorating the Mesier Homestead for the holidays.  It looks beautiful!  We kick off the se...
11/27/2019

Our elves were busy yesterday decorating the Mesier Homestead for the holidays. It looks beautiful!

We kick off the season with Small Business Saturday in our gift shop, which will be open on the 30th from 10am-2pm. Next up is the Village of WF Victorian Houses tour on Saturday, 12/7 from 4-7pm. Sunday, the 8th is Sinterklaas and Dutch Holiday Traditions--a perfect outing for families.

Details on all of these, plus our mid-week Open Houses, is available on our Events page on FB and our on website. We can't wait to share the beauty of the Mesier Homestead with you!

How exciting! Beautiful dress...
11/04/2019

How exciting! Beautiful dress...

Today, Judith Crommelin Verplanck’s wedding gown is housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is an exceptional example of eighteenth century fashion. Luckily, with the benefit of twentieth century technology, you can view details from the gown up close! https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/19725

Photos from the interactive Taste of History tour day, held October 13, 2019
10/31/2019

Photos from the interactive Taste of History tour day, held October 13, 2019

Photos from the interactive Taste of History tour day, held October 13, 2019

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10/29/2019

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Cataloguing wedding shoes and stockings for WHS, thanks to the efforts of  Nancy Piscitello !
10/25/2019

Cataloguing wedding shoes and stockings for WHS, thanks to the efforts of Nancy Piscitello !

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Does anyone know what these stones are? They are located at the intersection of Route 376 and 93/Meyers Corner Road by the Golden Dog Grooming.
Trying to find pictures of my house . Its the old Elesidie School . 1840 one room schoolhouse. Corner of Sheafe Rd and Delavergne Ave ! Thank you !!!
Cows in Antarctica, or how a cow from Hopewell Junction went to the South Pole with Admiral Byrd in 1933. Come hear more about it at Blodgett Library on Saturday Sept 29th at 2:00. Then stay and listen to the Riverbank Banjo Band at 3:00
An image and info about my sculpture of Sachem Daniel Nimham was recently featured in the following article from National Museum of the American Indian Fall 2017. Published by the Smithsonian. The article goes into great detail about the Battle and the local Native Americans.
Here is a daguerreotype in my collection, circa mid-to-late 1840's, of John M. Goring, an engraver in calico printing who lived in Wappingers Falls. He came to America from England in 1836, not long after calico printing was invented there by John Potts. The image will look better when the cover glass is replaced with archival glass. This image was with a group of images that belonged to his son Thomas Goring. I don't think I've ever been to Wappingers, maybe just passing through. I was born in Port Jervis and have lived in Alaska for the past 44 years.
Congratulations to Sandra Vacchio.. we are so proud of you, Sandra!
Sorry to just hear of the plaque, perhaps we could have created a small portrait of PVT. Cruse for the plaque like I did here.
My sculpture of Daniel Nimham is featured in this seasons issue of NMAI Magazine.