Author Archives: Madeline Byrne

The 19th Amendment : A History

Sunday, October 27, 2019 – Muriel Fox (co-founder of N.O.W.) to present the Woman’s Suffrage Program: A history of the 19th Amendment. Refreshments sponsored by the DAR. 30 Minute Lecture followed by Q&A. Dobbs Ferry Library, 2pm.

14th Annual Road to Freedom

Join us on Sunday, August 18th 1 pm at Gould Park to walk the 1781 route of the Continental Army.

Following the march meet at 2pm at the Mead House for the fun activities of the afternoon including colonial games, tasting 18th century recipes, displays of early money and demos fo 18th century makeup and hairstyling.

Also attending will be General Anthony Wayne and the American Corps of Light Infantry.

All events are free and all ages are welcome!

Refreshments will be served to all!

Historic District Open House

Making History in Dobbs Ferry! The Old Croton Aqueduct has inspired a new historic district proposal in Dobbs Ferry.

Please come by and meet with Steve Tilly and Sonya Terjanian and learn about our new district application.

Sunday, June 23rd from 2-4pm at The Mead House, 12 Elm Street

Cosponsored by The Dobbs Ferry Historical Society and The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Spring Thing Community Picnic

You are invited to the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society’s Third Annual Community Picnic.

Sunday May 26th from 1 – 4pm at the Mead House. Bring your family and friends. We supply the franks and beans, you bring dessert!

RSVP : 914-693-8817 or

History Contest

2019 Dobbs Ferry Historical Society Contest


History exists because of both the human and the culture in which they were born. So what makes them relevant to you now? How is this history being given new life within you? Again, it might be something you’re rebelling against, inspired to emulate or hoping to correct. Detail the part of history that inspires you today, how it came into existence originally (the originator and their environment) and how it is now a part of the “2019 you”.

Mail or hand-deliver your submission to the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society or email to: by May 12, 2019

ALL STUDENTS who participate in the contest shall be recognized at a reception to be hosted by the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society on SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at The Mead House. The winning submission will receive a $100 cash award. Two runners up will each receive $50 cash awards.

Rails Around Westchester

Please join us for our Spring Lecture presented by the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society on the history of railroads and streetcars in Westchester County. Our speaker will be Dobbs Ferry native, Kent Patterson.

This event will be held at the Dobbs Ferry Public Library at 55 Main Street on Sunday May 19 at 2pm.

The Colonel and the Community

Please join us for a lecture by Walter Schwartz on Franklin Q. Brown’s impact on Dobbs Ferry.

Saturday, April 13, 2019


January 6, 2019 Annual Eggnog Party

Please join us in celebrating the holiday spirit
here at the Mead House.

Sunday, January 6th, 2019 at 2pm.

Come toast our plans for 2019
and enjoy sipping our signature eggnog with friends and neighbors.

Sunday, October 14: Lecture on WWI and Villards

Join us for a lecture by Dr. Richard Borkow entitled World War I and the Villards of Dobbs Ferry.

Learn about the role of the United States during the first World War, both ‘”over there” and “over here”, and the war’s impact on American civil liberties and on the American pacifist movement. The Villards of Dobbs Ferry were leaders of that movement.

This lecture will be held in conjunction with the Dobbs Ferry Library on October 14th at 2pm at the Dobbs Ferry Public Library. Refreshments will be provided by our local DAR organization.

August 19th – 13th Annual Road to Freedom Walk

Join us for the Annual Road to Freedom Walk

Starting at Gould Park at 1pm, we will walk with the fife and drum along the 1781 route of the Continental Army.
At 2pm at the Mead House at 12 Elm Street, we will meet The Hearts of Oaks Militia, see and taste 18th century open hearth cooking, hear period music, view displays of early money, military artifacts and tools, and see demonstrations of 18th century hairstyling, attire and makeup.

This event is free to all and refreshments will be served.

We are grateful for the generosity of the principal sponsors of Road to Freedom 2018 : Tensor Foundation and Half Moon Restaurant.

Please join us for a fun afternoon!