Category Archives: Events

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.

Sunday, September 23 – DF Historical Society Annual Meeting

What: Dobbs Ferry Historical Society Annual Meeting

When: Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 2:00pm

Where: Mead House, 12 Elm Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY

Who: Everyone! Free and open to the public

  • Brief business meeting with election/re-election of trustees
  • Presentation of the Dobbs Ferry Fire Department



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!

May 27, 2018 – 2nd Annual Spring Thing

You are invited to Dobbs Ferry Historical Society’s 2nd Annual Spring Thing Community Picnic as we continue Ernie & Jean Howell’s 50-year tradition.

Bring your picnic blanket & family & friends to the Mead House, 12 Elm Street, on Sunday, May 27th, 1-5 pm.

We’ll supply the hot dogs & baked beans; you bring a side dish or dessert.

RSVP – 914-693-8817 or



May 20, 2018 – Essay Contest Reception

Join us at a reception celebrating the accomplishments of the Dobbs Ferry High School 9th-graders who participated in this year’s essay contest.

Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 2:00-4:00pm at Mead House.

Essayists, their families and friends are cordially invited to attend!

Winning essays will be announced at 3:00pm, refreshments to follow.

All Dobbs Ferry residents and history buffs are welcome!




January 7, 2018 : Annual Eggnog Party

2pm Mead House

Please come join us! The Dobbs Ferry Historical Society invites you to the Annual Eggnog party.

Sunday January 7th from 2 – 4 P.M.  at the Mead House

COME toast our plans for 2018 ~ COME salute our 2017 accomplishments ~ COME enjoy our headquarters with village friends and neighbors.                            JOIN us to support the DFHS and its vision for 2018!


Fall Lecture : Religious Faith and Seafaring in Early America

November 5, 2017
Dobbs Ferry Public Library
2 p.m.

In this presentation, Laura Chmielewski will explore intersections of religious faith and maritime enterprise in early America. The religious habits of merchants, seafarers, and traveling people of faith inflected their lives in a variety of ways that impacted trade practices, shipboard relationships, and even pastimes and hobbies.

We will explore the spaces and places of their religious activity and how ships and cities became the most powerful engines of religious coexistence and diversity in early America.

Dr. Laura M. Chmielewski is Associate Professor of History at State University of New York at Purchase. She is the author of “The Spice of Popery: Converging Christianities on an Early American Frontier”; “The Atlantic Experience: Peoples, Places, Ideas” (with Catherine M. Armstrong) and “Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet: Exploration, Encounter and the French New World.”

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Embarkation of the Pilgrims, by Robert Walter Weir

August 6, 2017: 12th Annual Road to Freedom Walk

1:00pm Gould Park

Join the Walk led by fife & drum and the Second New York Regiment reenactors as we follow along the route of the Continental Army as they departed Dobbs Ferry for Yorktown, Virginia, on August 19, 1781.

2:00pm Mead House 12 Elm Street

  • Meet the Ebenezer Stevens Artificers in dashing black and red uniforms, and discover how they repaired the Army’s muskets and cannons
  • Kids can drill in formation with other new recruits and discover the value of teamwork
  • Learn about camp life, including card and dice games
  • See displays of early money and original and reproduction artifacts and tools used by colonists, soldiers and Native American craftspeople
  • See demos of 18th century hair, makeup and tarot cards

Event is free, and refreshments will be served.

We are grateful for the generous support of Tensor Foundation, Village Justice Steven P. Grant, and Half Moon Restaurant, principal sponsors of Road to Freedom 2017.

May 21, 2017 – Reception for essay contest participants

Come applaud the Dobbs Ferry High School 9th Grade participants in the Why Monuments Matter essay contest at a reception in their honor!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Mead House
12 Elm Street
Dobbs Ferry

Essayists, their families and friends are cordially invited to attend!

Awards will be presented at 3:00pm

Refreshments to follow

All Dobbs Ferry residents and history buffs are welcome!

Please come! Be informed, involved, and inspired!

2017 Lecture Series: The History of Aviation in Westchester County

On Sunday, June 11 at 2:00PM at the Dobbs Ferry Public Library, 55 Main St., Kent Patterson will present a lecture on The History of Aviation in Westchester County.

Mr. Patterson, who is a Dobbs Ferry native and the author of the new book Westchester County Airport: Images of Aviation, will recount the fascinating history of aviation in Westchester County.

The first airport in the country was a seaplane base at Rye-Cove, which was built in the early 1920s. Other early airports were situated in Armonk, Croton, and our own Dobbs Ferry, at Willow Point, the location of a seaplane base in the 1930s and 1940s.

Before World War Two, the pros and cons of building a county airport were hotly debated, but the issue was not decided until the onset of the war, when the Army determined that an airfield was needed in the county for defense purposes.

Rye Lake was chosen as the optimal location, and an airfield was accordingly constructed. After the war, the transition was made from military airfield to county airport.

With that transition, Westchester County Airport enjoed commercial success almost from the beginning of its operation.

Copies of Mr. Patterson’s book will be available for purchase and signing.