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Road to Freedom Day 2022

The day is Sunday, August 19, 1781. Despite the rain, General George Washington orders his troops encamped in and near Dobbs’s Ferry to assemble along the ferry road (today’s Ashford Avenue) close to the junction of the Albany Post Road (today’s Broadway). With this “parade for the march,” the soldiers assume that, at long last, they are moving south to attack British General Clinton in New York City…

Fast forward to 2022. On Sunday, September 18, the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society will commemorate the 241st anniversary of Continental Army’s departure from our area with a 1½-mile march tracing the beginning of the route. The soldiers headed north – not south to Manhattan – to cross the Hudson at Kings Ferry. Thus began the army’s 400-mile march to victory against the British in Yorktown, Virginia, thanks to this bold decision of General Washington and French General Rochambeau.

This year’s march, led by fife and drum and the 2nd NY Regiment, will start at Gould Park, stop at the Little White Church Cemetery to honor the veterans buried there, and end at Mead House for activities and refreshments. The regiment will be encamped there and ready to drill new recruits and interpret the life of a soldier. Dr. Daniel Wood, surgeon, will describe battlefield emergency medicine and display his instruments. A colonial lady will demonstrate dress and makeup of the period. And there’s more – a mix of history, reenactments and activities for all ages!

Fire Stations of Westchester County

Join us for our next ZOOM program, Fire Stations of Westchester County. Our speaker will be Mark G. Young. He is a fire police sergeant, trustee and volunteer with the Buchanan Engine Company No. 1, Inc. He will show us photos of firehouses around Westchester (including the two in Dobbs Ferry), equipment currently being used and historical fire-fighting apparatus used in the past.

Sunday, March 6, 2022 at 2pm. Please RSVP via email to

Abraham Lincoln and Henry Villard

Join the Historical Society via ZOOM for the President’s Day lecture by Dr. Richard Borkow, author and former village historian. This lecture will describe Henry Villard’s many encounters with, and evolving impressions of President-elect Lincoln. Sunday, February 20 at 4pm via ZOOM. RSVP for link to

Hostesses to History

Please join us for our first program of the new year! Author and lecturer Stephen De Villo will present the story of Abagail Smith Purdy, Ann Fisher Miller and the Revolution in Westchester. This lecture will be presented via ZOOM on January 23, 2022 at 4pm. Please RSVP to to receive the link prior to the lecture.

Local History Conversation with Ernie Howell

Pull up a chair and join the conversation! Discover the remarkable Ernest M. Howell from Davenport, Iowa. Now 90+ years young, Ernie discusses his professional and personal life as told in his book, Meditations, Finding ErnieJean Howell : Our Way. Ernie’s path from Iowa wound through Harvard, NYC, Asia and California. Join us on October 24 at 2pm for this joint program offered by the Society and the Dobbs Ferry Public Library at the DFPL Community Meeting Room. Please RSVP at 914 693-6614. Masks and social distancing required at the Library

Cocktail Culture : The Mad Men Era

Mix a batch of your favorite cocktail and sit back and enjoy our next ZOOM presentation.

November 14 at 2pm

Cocktail parties in the home have been popular since the 1920s, after the onset of Prohibition.  Join us for a look at cocktail culture fashion as we travel through time. We will focus on silhouettes in clothing from the late 1940s through the 1960s, as we explore the connections of fashion and cocktails during this interesting period, not only in clothing styles, but also in home décor and accessories.

Mary Lincoln’s Photo Album

Please join us for a free ZOOM lecture on March 21, 2021 at 2pm. Presenting Mary Todd Lincoln’s photos will be Laura Keyes, who graduated from UW-Madison with a Master’s Degree in Library Studies, and is a lifetime member of the Association of Lincoln Presenters. Come hear Ms. Keyes share a private look at the history of this very personal item. See flyer for registration information.

Road to Freedom Scavenger Hunt

As an introduction to our virtual Road to Freedom event this October, please try our scavenger hunt!

(Click one of the images below to download the full instructions in printable PDF format).

Clues page 1
Clues page 2

Road to Freedom 2020

Please join us virtually for this year’s RTF event. Lots of fun things to see and do. Check out our home page for the flyer with all the happenings on October 18 and ways to participate leading up to that day!

Meet the Presidents!

Join the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society when we present another ZOOM lecture from the New York Historical Society on October 4th at 4 pm. During this Presidential election year, we will present

Meet the Presidents: A Look at the American Presidency

Discover the evolution of the presidency and executive branch and how presidents have interpreted and fulfilled their leadership role with exhibition highlights from Meet the Presidents. Highlights include the actual Bible used during George Washington’s inauguration in 1789 and a student scrapbook from 1962 chronicling John F. Kennedy’s leadership during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Please email Ellen to reserve a spot at She will provide the ZOOM link and password.