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.

06/08/2019

Tomorrow is the Festival at the Falls, and it will be a beautiful day! Enjoy live music, food and activities... overall a great day to spend in the Village Wappingers Falls! Visit us at the Mesier Homestead -- we'll be open from 1pm-4pm so come for a tour, check out our gift shop for Wappinger-related items, or just stop in to say hi!

This is so true, please bring your children to your local Historic destination, there is so much history all around us. ...
06/02/2019
Why Are We No Longer Visiting Our Nation's Historical Sites?

This is so true, please bring your children to your local Historic destination, there is so much history all around us. If in Wappingers, visit Mesier Homestead!

One of the things an American visitor at these monuments notices is the inordinately large proportion of non-American visitors.

Would you love to ride the Hudson? Great read, enjoy!
06/01/2019
Steamer "New World", 1848 - 1864

Would you love to ride the Hudson?
Great read, enjoy!

Editor's Note: The following text is a verbatim transcription of an article writte n by George W. Murdock, for the Kingston (NY) Daily Freeman newspaper in the 1930s. Murdock, a veteran marine...

Wappingers Historical Society's cover photo
05/28/2019

Wappingers Historical Society's cover photo

Wappingers Historical Society
05/24/2019

Wappingers Historical Society

Wappingers Historical Society's cover photo
05/24/2019

Wappingers Historical Society's cover photo

Albany Institute of History & Art
04/26/2019

Albany Institute of History & Art

This image records an event from the week-long celebration held in 1909 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage up the Hudson River. To celebrate the event and international relationships, Holland created a replica of the Half Moon to sail on the Hudson River during the celebration.
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[Half Moon at the Hudson River, Tercentennial Celebration, 1924, gelatin silver print, Albany Institute of History & Art, Ser5/B4/num139/MPC, DI 1064a]

#albanyny #fromthecollection #tricentennial #HalfMoon #HudsonRiver #HenryHudson #HudsonValley

Wish we could go back in time and be at the Hudson Fulton celebrations of 1909!
04/25/2019

Wish we could go back in time and be at the Hudson Fulton celebrations of 1909!

This image records an event from the week-long celebration held in 1909 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage up the Hudson River. To celebrate the event and international relationships, Holland created a replica of the Half Moon to sail on the Hudson River during the celebration.
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[Half Moon at the Hudson River, Tercentennial Celebration, 1924, gelatin silver print, Albany Institute of History & Art, Ser5/B4/num139/MPC, DI 1064a]

#albanyny #fromthecollection #tricentennial #HalfMoon #HudsonRiver #HenryHudson #HudsonValley

04/15/2019
Wappingers Historical Society

Wappingers Historical Society

Thank you to all who visited the Mesier Homestead and Museum today on our opening day of the season. It was a great day!

Many thanks to those who volunteered as greeter, tour guide and in the gift shop to share their love of the Homestead and its history with others. We couldn't do it without you!

We are looking forward to our next tour day on Sunday May 19th from 1pm-4pm. See you then!

04/14/2019

Thank you to all who visited the Mesier Homestead and Museum today on our opening day of the season. It was a great day!

Many thanks to those who volunteered as greeter, tour guide and in the gift shop to share their love of the Homestead and its history with others. We couldn't do it without you!

We are looking forward to our next tour day on Sunday May 19th from 1pm-4pm. See you then!

04/10/2019

As we begin a new tour season for the Mesier Homestead, we would like to say “Welcome Aboard!” to our new Trustees of the Wappingers Historical Society - Brian Alexander, Evelyn Conners, and Renee Ellis.

It’s going to be a great year!

Check out what's new at the Mesier Homestead and Museum gift shop!Show your pride in Wappingers Falls with a “WF” bu...
04/04/2019

Check out what's new at the Mesier Homestead and Museum gift shop!

Show your pride in Wappingers Falls with a “WF” bumper sticker! Available on Sunday, April 14th in our gift shop, which is open during the tour hours of 1pm-4pm. Stickers are $3 each and measure 4” x 2 ½”. All proceeds benefit the Wappingers Historical Society in their mission to preserve and promote the history of the Town of Wappinger, Village of Wappingers Falls and neighboring communities. For more information, please contact us at [email protected]

Wappingers Historical Society
04/02/2019

Wappingers Historical Society

Wappingers Historical Society
04/02/2019

Wappingers Historical Society

Wappingers Historical Society
04/02/2019

Wappingers Historical Society

Wappingers Historical Society's cover photo
04/02/2019

Wappingers Historical Society's cover photo

A history minute for your enjoyment!
03/23/2019

A history minute for your enjoyment!

During the American Revolution, #RevolutionaryWoman Martha Bratton, the wife of commander William Bratton of the Continental Army, was in charge of a store of gunpowder hidden from the British on her South Carolina farm. When she was warned that a group of British soldiers were on their way to seize the stash, Martha quickly laid a trail of gunpowder around the building where it was stored. As soon as the British soldiers came into view, Martha set fire to it and blew up the entire cache. Learn more TOMORROW at the Women of the Revolutionary War tour at 1PM. Image: Martha Bratton, 19th century. Artist unknown. Published in Harper's Weekly, date unknown.

How beautiful !
03/18/2019

How beautiful !

A victorian era elevator, c.1890

HRVH Omeka Exhibit - Women of the Hudson Valley
03/09/2019
HRVH Omeka Exhibit - Women of the Hudson Valley

HRVH Omeka Exhibit - Women of the Hudson Valley

The following organizations contributed to this exhibit: Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection at Elting Memorial Library, Historic Huguenot Street, Historical Society of the Town of Warwick, Nyack Library, Vassar College, Locust Grove/Locust Lawn Farm, Woodstock Artists Association and Museum and...

Did you know?
03/09/2019
Heroines of the Hudson: The untold story of 19th-century women lighthouse keepers

Did you know?

Saugerties had its own 19th-century heroines: Kate Crowley and her sister, Ellen.“Those gals are bricks,” said a river pilot who saw them rescue a pair of sailors from a sloop capsized in a sudden squall. “And make no mistake. You couldn’t have got any river boatmen to do what those girls di...

Town of Wappinger
03/04/2019

Town of Wappinger

The Supervisor Richard L. Thurston, and the Wappinger Town Board is proud to celebrate March as Women's History Month. The Town of Wappinger is dedicated to recognizing and remembering the achievements of our residents past and present. The Town has partnered with the Wappingers Historical Society to bring this beautiful display to Wappinger Town Hall which highlights the remarkable achievements of local women who fought for women's suffrage in New York State in 1917. This display made an appearance once before in 2017 through the efforts of Jackie Hammond and Trish Holohan-Costello. The display also features a history milestones of women in government here in the Town of Wappinger compiled by Town Historian Joey Cavaccini. The Town of Wappinger Women's History Month display will be available for the public throughout the month of March; Monday-Friday 8:30-4:00.

Thank you for the attribution, we love to share these amazing photos of days past!
03/03/2019

Thank you for the attribution, we love to share these amazing photos of days past!

Then/Now
District #2 Public School (Wappingers Falls, NY)
Built in 1867 as a school, this building exists today as the Wappingers Falls VFW
(Historical image from Wappingers Historical Society)

So excited 🍀
02/28/2019
Dutchess County St Patrick's Parade - Home

So excited 🍀

                This is our Twenty Fourth Parade         Saturday March 2nd, 2019For the past twenty three years the Dutchess County St. Patrick's Parade Committee, Inc. has been hosting a yearly St. Patrick's Parade for Dutchess County on the first Saturday in March.  Ov...

Just in time!Do you know who we are?
02/24/2019

Just in time!
Do you know who we are?

Congratulations! These are yummy scones.John and Cynthia were amazing supporters of the Wappingers Historical Society, t...
02/22/2019
A Fishkill Couple Makes Scrumptious, Secretly Vegan Scones

Congratulations!
These are yummy scones.

John and Cynthia were amazing supporters of the Wappingers Historical Society, they hosted numerous events at the homestead that allowed us to raise money that was used in home renovations over numerous years. We are so happy to have them back locally💐💐

With one simple recipe, Horton House Scone Company created a dairy-free treat that locals can’t stop eating.

For the history lovers!
02/19/2019
The Four Voyages of Henry Hudson – by Joe Santacroce – The Newburgh History Blog

For the history lovers!

It may be fair to say that Henry Hudson is one of the world’s most famous explorers. Yet there is much we do not know. Henry Hudson’s actual date of birth is not known. It is estimated around 1570 which would have made him around 37 years old when he made his first big voyage in 1607. He was mar...

Beautiful photo and beautiful jewel of village!
02/16/2019

Beautiful photo and beautiful jewel of village!

Winter sunset by @charlesstevensphotos

Parade time!
02/16/2019

Parade time!

Mark your calendar, Saturday March 2nd, join us marching in the Dutchess County St. Patrick's Day Parade right here in the Village Of Wappingers Falls. Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to the big day. Lineup at noon, parade starts at 1pm.

Little Known Black History Fact: The Colored Hockey League
02/15/2019
Little Known Black History Fact: The Colored Hockey League

Little Known Black History Fact: The Colored Hockey League

The Colored Hockey League of Maritimes in Nova Scotia was formed in 1894 across the provinces of Canada. This was 22 years before the National Hockey League. The first all-black ice hockey league h…

How cool is that! Dateting myself😂
02/03/2019

How cool is that! Dateting myself😂

Then/Now
James Burk’s Inn (Johnstown, NY)
An early mixup made people believe this was the Black Horse Tavern, but it is in fact James Burk’s Inn. The building was built in 1765 and the builder is believed to be Sir William Johnson, the founder of Johnstown. In 1738, Johnson had moved from Ireland to the Province of New York to manage his uncle’s estate, a large tract of land on the south side of the Mohawk River. During an active and distinguished life there, he had many dealings with the local Mohawk Indians and would come to learn their language and customs. By 1742, they had adopted Johnson as an honorary sachem. The Mohawk gave him the name Warraghiyageym, which translates as “A Man Who Undertakes Great Things.”

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01/31/2019

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Wappingers Historical Society
01/28/2019

Wappingers Historical Society

Village of Wappingers Falls
01/23/2019

Village of Wappingers Falls

Peaches was lost on West Street on 1/15/19. She is friendly but scared. If you find her, please message back

From last year, still beautiful !
01/22/2019

From last year, still beautiful !

01/20/2019
Zion Episcopal Church

Zion Episcopal Church

Sunday services are cancelled. Please stay home and stay safe.

The Village has similar rules, please get your vehicles off the road!
01/20/2019
Hudson Valley Weather – Local Business | Weather

The Village has similar rules, please get your vehicles off the road!

24 HOUR FORECASTWednesday Evening (6pm-12am) 22° - 36° Partly Cloudy DETAILS Variable clouds, blustery and turning colder. Temps in the mid 30s at sunset... falling into the mid 20s by midnight. Wind chill in the low 20s. NW wind 5 to 10mph. Wednesay Overnight (12am-6am) 16° - 26° Partly Cloudy ...

Love this photo!
01/06/2019

Love this photo!

Throwback Thursday: The Florence Henderson Shop
Prior to 1968 the library was located upstairs with entry by way of the turret. The downstairs was divided into storefronts and leased to various businesses. Florence Henderson operated a dry goods and millinery shop which she opened about 1914.
Born February 22, 1889 and nicknamed Florrie, Miss Henderson was the youngest child of William and Mary Henderson. Miss Henderson set out on the entrepreneurial path at the age of 21 by making and selling hats. By age 24 she had opened her shop in the library building. Store owner for nearly 40 years, the longevity of her shop is a testament to Miss Henderson’s keen business skills. In an era when custom dressmaking and bespoke women’s hats gradually lost their foothold to factory made garments and accessories, Miss Henderson adapted quickly to the times and her customers’ demands. Miss Henderson employed her older sister to help in the shop. The two women worked side by side and shared a home on Park Street. In 1942 Margaret died. Florence continued to operate her shop until 1953 when she sold the business to Miss Mary Smith. Florence Henderson died of heart failure on June 2, 1958. Mary Smith, a congenial and well respected storekeeper, continued operating the business known as the Florence Henderson Shop at the same location until 1967. Due to the expansion of the library, Miss Smith relocated the shop to Red Oaks Mills. The Florence Henderson Shop continued to operate in Red Oaks Mills until 1970. Miss Mary Smith passed away on May 25, 1970. The business was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Robar and renamed Lillian’s Dress Shop. This photograph c.1930 shows the interior of the Florence Henderson Shop. We suspect the two women are the Henderson sisters, but there is nothing written on the back of the photo to verify this.

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